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Veterans honored in Wolfeboro ceremony



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STATE SENATOR JEB BRADLEY reminded those in attendance at the Veterans Day ceremony at the Wright Museum not to only recognize and show respect for Veterans on Nov. 11, but on all 365 days of the year (Heather Terragni photo) (click for larger version)
November 14, 2013
WOLFEBORO — American Legion Harriman Hale Post 18 held its annual observance of Veterans Day this past Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro.

From the presentation of the flag to "Taps" Veteran and Commander of the American Legion Harriman Hale Post 18 Harold Chamberlain led those assembled through a brief, but reverential ceremony.

Dolores "Dodie" Beal Stephens, a Wright Museum volunteer and published author shared a poem she wrote as a teenager about the significance of the red poppies sold by the Auxiliary of the American Legion. As a kid she said she would buy one every year from the Auxiliary in remembrance of the soldiers who had served and died in war. Stephens dedicated her poem, "Poppy Red," to all American veterans.

Speaker State Senator Jeb Bradley said it was an honor to participate with the Legion and Americans across the country as the nation gathered at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month to honor those who had fought for the freedoms that we all too often take for granted.

"They are on the front lines of the First Amendment, the Second Amendment and every other protection that we enjoy as Americans of our constitution and have done so for generation after generation."

Not only is it our duty as Americans to honor the commitment of these brave men and women and their families, said Bradley, but "It's our responsibility to make sure that when they return home the healthcare system, and all of the other benefits that they have earned are there for them."

In closing Bradley reminded the group that tribute should be paid by treating veterans with all of the respect, thanks and recognition they deserve not just on Veterans Day, but all 365 days of the year.

This ceremony can be viewed in its entirety on wolfeborocommunitytelevision.com.

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