Ceremony Recognizes A Debt 'As Great And As Old As This Nation'

May 30, 2013

Hundreds turned out Thursday for a Memorial Day ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

There are roughly 6,000 people buried in the state’s veterans cemetery.

And Governor Maggie Hassen told the audience at Thursday’s ceremony that we owe our freedom to each of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“Our debt to them and to all of those who died in service is as great and as old as this nation.”

It was a day to celebrate the lives of those lost serving their country.

Major General Bill Reddel, adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard, said as the warm weather marks the unofficial start of summer, people should enjoy their freedom with barbecues and trips to the beach.

“But we also want you to take a moment and reflect upon why you’re able to do that. Reflect upon remembering and honoring our heroes.”

Senator Kelly Ayotte also spoke during the event, as did Congresswomen Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter.