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Legion members honor the fallen


May 20, 2020
WOLFEBORO — The Harriman-Hale American Legion Post 18 has started its annual Memorial Day celebrations with a series of events.

First, members of Post 18 began placing American flags on the graves of veterans in the Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro area. To date, Post 18 focused on the Lakeview Cemetery, the Hershey Cemetery, and the Town House Cemetery, but the Post will expand its efforts to several other cemeteries in area.

Wolfeboro cemeteries contain graves of veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea War, and Vietnam War. To the best of our knowledge there are no graves from the Mexican American War.

The well-worn headstones often tell an interesting about the times and people buried in the cemetery. One such headstone reads:

Joseph N. Hersey

A Member of K Company, 12th Regiment, N.H. Volunteers

Who Died in Falmouth , VA Dec 27, 1862

24 years, 1 Month

Far from loved ones that with trearful eyes

Lament his early and untimely fall

He sleeps beneath the sad Virginian skies

A willing martyr at his Country's call

But whom the last great Reveille shall sound

To summon millions from the pillory sod

He shall arise from that combat led ground

---- shine among the ---of freedom and of ----

Headstones such as Joseph Hersey's helps remind us of the sacrifice that many have made on behalf of our country and our liberty.

Second, Post 18 participated in a special wreath laying ceremony on 22 May in front of the Carpenter School. Lisa and Timothy Goodwin videoed the ceremony which will play on the Wolfeboro Community Television later this month. Post 18 members observing social distancing and wearing face masks to protect from spread in corona virus infections first lowered the flag in front of Carpenter School and then placed a wreath in front of the World War I Memorial at the base of the flag pole.

Due to the Covid-19 Crisis, Wolfeboro will not hold its annual Memorial Day Parade. But Post 18 will hold an informal commemoration at Wolfeboro Dockside at 9:30 a.m. on May 25. Observing social distancing and wearing masks, a prayer will be said, taps played, and flower petals will be placed on the water.

If anyone feels that their family member or friend's grave was overlooked for a Memorial Day American flag, please contact Paul Vivian (703) 798-8978 (c) or paulhv@aol.com or Tom Southern at (317) 432-1517 (c) or tsouthern@aol.com.

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