Governor, Congressional Leaders Honor State's 130,000 Vets

Nov 11, 2014

Major General William Reddel of the N.H. National Guard speaks to a crowd of about 2,000 as (L to R) Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Congresswoman Ann Kuster look on.
Credit Jack Rodolico

Ceremonies were held around the state Tuesday in honor of Veteran’s Day. Governor Maggie Hassan and most of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation paid their respects at an event at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen.

About 2,000 people were in attendance for the morning ceremony. Veterans with leather vests and chest-length beards stood alongside trim soldiers on horseback; they and their families listened to top state officials express gratitude for their patriotic service.

"When you step back and consider the history of our great country, it is awe inspiring how much has been sacrificed by so many so that we may all live in peace," said Governor Maggie Hassan.

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Congresswoman Ann Kuster were also in attendance.

The commander of New Hampshire’s National Guard encouraged healthcare providers, social workers and educational institutions to reach out to veterans and their families, and offer what help they can.

One in ten Granite Staters is a veteran.