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Fallen warriors remembered in Wolfeboro Memorial Day ceremonies

JOE KENNEY (left), Marine Corps veteran and Executive Councilor stands following his Memorial Day speech with Carol Ann Chamberlin Clough of the America Legion Auxiliary and Harold Chamberlin of American Legion Post 18 who led the parade and ceremonies. (Heather Terragni photo) (click for larger version)
May 29, 2014
WOLFEBORO — Though a gray and drizzly day may be the perfect backdrop for a Memorial Day ceremony, the sun broke through an overcast sky just prior to Robert Burns' whistle calling for the Kingswood High School Marching Band to fall into order and signaling the start of Wolfeboro's annual Memorial Day Parade.

Together with a group of military veterans and Ladies Auxiliary the band marched from Monument Field to Cate Park, decorating several war monuments along the way.

Led by veteran and First Vice Commander of the American Legion Harriman Hale Post 18 Harold Chamberlain, the parade paused at each of four monuments located at Monument Field, Carpenter School, the Wolfeboro Post Office and the town docks.

At each, Chamberlain raised the American flag while the band played traditional music, the Ladies Auxiliary decorated the monuments with floral wreaths, "Taps" was played and pause was taken to remember those service men and women who've lost their lives in battle and at home. The firing brigade then shot a succession of three shots before the parade would fall back into order and move on to the next monument.

At the conclusion of the parade Marine Lieutenant Colonel and Executive Councilor Joe Kenney addressed a crowd speckled with attending veterans at the Cate Park gazebo.

"Freedom is not free in fact it is only possible because our fallen heroes have paid its high price," said Kenney with the intention of reminding those gathered that Memorial Day is "not a day of celebration, but a day of commemoration to remind us of our fallen service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country."

From the Revolutionary War to the War on Global Terrorism it has been the American veteran who has protected and preserved our way of life, said Kenney, but not without a price.

"Long after the battlefield guns have been silenced and the bombs have stopped exploding, the children of our fallen warriors will still be missing a parent, spouses will be without their life partners, and parents will continue to grieve for their heroic sons and daughters that died way too early."

"It's the responsibility of all Americans to remember our fallen veterans on Memorial Day and to commit to teach future generations that freedom is not free," stated Kenney, and even more so, we should continue to support our veterans and their families throughout the year.

This event can be viewed in its entirety at wolfeborocommunitytelevision.com.

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