Published DateLACONIA — Mayor Michael Seymour told those attending Laconia's Memorial Day service at Veterans Square Monday that the day should be thought of as more than just an occasion for cookouts and family gatherings.
''It's a time of remembrance for those who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms. Their sacrifice should be remembered every day, 365 days a year,'' said Seymour.
He quoted President William Henry Harrison (1841) who once said that he couldn't view Memorial Day as a day when flags only flew at half staff and said that those who had given their lives would feel the same way.
Seymour said that Harrison had famously said of the fallen servicemen ''Keep our flag flying high and proud, for that is what they want,''
VFW Post 1670 Commander Glen Groleau said that those who had died on behalf of their country had ''full faith in their mission'' and that is important to honor their dedication.
A large turnout was on hand to watch the the parade, which started at Garfield Street and headed up South Main Street where it stopped at the Main Street bridge where Groleau dropped a wreath into the Winnipesaukee River in honor of those who died at sea in service of the nation.
The line of march then continued up Main Street to Veterans Square, where a service was held, which featured 90-year-old World War II veteran Norman Dionne singing the national anthem,
Laconia Wilkins-Smith Post #1 honor guard and color guard stand at attention during a Memorial Day service in Veterans Square. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
Laconia Mayor Michael Seymour speaks at Laconia's Memorial Day observance at Veterans Square. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)