LACONIA — In 1945, as World War II was winding down, New Hampshire prepared to greet the troops returning from Europe. As part of that preparation the legislature passed a bill adopting "Live Free or Die" as the state motto. Unfortunately, many of our local servicemen who fought to preserve freedom would never come home.
Nearly seven decades later, local author, Aimee Gagnon Fogg, set out on a fascinating journey to discover what had happened to her uncle, Paul Lavoie, who perished in Belgium. Her pursuits led her to the Henri-Chapelle cemetery where she discovered the burial site of not only her lost uncle, but that of 37 other New Hampshire GIs.
After extensive legwork and analysis, Ms. Fogg compiled her research into her latest 2013 book, "The Granite Men of Henri-Chapelle" in which she recounts the lives of these valiant soldiers who helped save Europe and the world.
On Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1194 Old North Main Street, Laconia, is pleased to host Ms. Fogg as she presents some of the highlights from her book and research. The evening is open to the public free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided at the conclusion.
Ms. Fogg holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and History. She has also completed Yad Vashem's Holocaust certification program. As recently appointed New Hampshire Coordinator for Poland Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project, Fogg is also involved with various Jewish cemetery restoration projects and mass grave memorializations throughout Eastern Europe. She is also the author of the "Wind Wails" and "There Exists a Fence." Ms. Fogg resides in New Hampshire with her family and pets.