GILFORD — Yesterday's annual Memorial Day service and parade brought a solemn feeling of pride and sacrifice to the few hundred who attended.
Beginning at the monument and flag pole in the center of the village, Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee and Lt. Col. Kurt Webber U.S. Army, Ret. and Gilford Scoutmaster Kurt Webber raised the flag while two members of Webber's Boy Scout Troop 243 placed a wreath before the monument.
A parade led the the Motorcycle Officer Jim Callahan, Lt. Kris Kelley and the Police Department color guard and the Fire Department color guard led the parade up Belknap Mountain Road to the Pine Grove Cemetery where Bean-Burpee and Webber raised the flag. The Gilford High School marching band played patriotic songs.
A boy scout and a cub scout placed a wreath at the monument.
Selectboard Chair Gus Benevides speech called for all people today to remember the honor, courage, and sacrifice made by the men and women of the military so that America could remain fee.
He made a special note of the WWII men and women, the "Greatest Generation", who went to war to beat back an evil who meant to destroy us.
"This is the epitome of what our brave young men and women have done," Benevides said. "Instead of running, they stood and met the challenge."
Benevides said he hope each person alive today takes a moment to reflect on the deaths in battle of American soldiers and remembers to do one thing that benefits the greater good and not their own self-interest — just as they did.
"One day, the next generation can look back on ours and be proud," he said.
"Never forget the importance of Memorial Day and never forget what price it took for us to achieve so much," said Benevides in closing.
The ceremony ended with the playing of taps.
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