Several Veterans Day observances are scheduled for this week in Southern New Hampshire.
Atkinson — Veterans and their families and friends will have breakfast together between 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St. Tattered and damaged flags will be burned in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Bring your old flags or drop them off at the Community Center in advance. Call Noriko at 362-5531 for more details.
Derry — A breakfast for veterans and their families will be held at Pinkerton Academy from 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursday. A service follows at 10:30 a.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 63 E. Broadway. A ceremony will then be held at 11 a.m. at MacGregor Park. The events are held in conjunction with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1617, American Legion Post 9 and the town.
Hampstead — A service will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Hampstead Middle School cafeteria. The service will include patriotic songs and music along with an Air Force Junior ROTC color guard. The event concludes with a wreath laying in Veterans Memorial Park (weather permitting). For more information, contact Hampstead Patriotic Purposes Committee Chairman Howie Steadman at 329-4288.
Londonderry — American Legion Post 27 will host a parade Saturday at 10 a.m. There will be a muster at the post at 6 Sargent Road at 9 a.m. The parade kicks off at Londonderry High School and marches down Mammoth Road to the town common, where the speaker will be past post Commander Jim Seibert. Joining the American Legion and VFW Post 8179 will be the Marching Lancers and members of the Londonderry Police and Fire departments. All veterans are welcome to join the parade. Sign up is at Post 27. Call 437-6613 for more information.
Pelham — An observance is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday at Veterans Park, Mammoth Road The observance is hosted by John Hargreaves of VFW Post 10722 and the American Legion. The dedication of a veterans memorial wall is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Plaistow - The Timberlane Community Band and Windham Community Band join for a musical tribute to veterans today at 2 p.m., Timberlane Performing Arts Center, Greenough Road. The event will include a ROTC honor guard, bagpiper, video and slide presentations, and speakers. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.
Salem — To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, selectmen and the town's World War Ii veterans will dedicate the newly reconstructed Garden Road Bridge at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The bridge will be dedicated in honor of Plaistow's men and women who served the country between Dec. 7, 1941, and Aug. 14, 1945. Participants will include local and state officials, members of Plaistow's Carl G. Davis Post 34 of the American Legion, the Plaistow Police and Fire departments, and town schools and civic organizations.
Salem: The new bridge on Cross Street, over Interstate 93, will be dedicated at 9 a.m. on Thursday to three Salem servicemen killed in action in Iraq since 2006: Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Moscillo, Cpl. Nicholas Arvanitis and Staff Sgt. Edmond Lo. A plaque will be presented. A service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery, 329 Main St., at 11 a.m. For more information, call 893-1444.
Windham — "A Salute to Veterans and their Families" will be 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Windham High School auditorium, 64 London Bridge Road. Honored will be fallen soldiers, Gold Star Mothers and family members. Screening of the movie "Taking Chance" will follow. The event is sponsored by the Windham Garden Club. Voluntary donations are accepted to build a memorial garden at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Tax-deductible checks can be made out to NHFGC and mailed to Windham Garden Club, P.O. Box 881, Windham, NH 03087. For information, call 893-7785.