Laconia Mayor Edward Engler speaks to the crowd gathered at Veterans Square during the Memorial Day services yesterday. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun) See videos online on the Sun’s Facebook page.
By GINGER KOZLOWSKI, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Somber thoughts were offered by Mayor Ed Engler at the Memorial Day ceremony yesterday under equally somber skies, as many people gathered around the city’s war memorials.
Engler brought attention to a national newspaper’s editorial that complained of the inconvenience of Memorial Day remembrances.
“No!” said Engler. “No! You and I are here today because we know we are supposed to be thinking about the men and women who paid the ultimate price in defense of our country and it’s not too much to ask that all of us pause, if not for the whole day, at least for this hour to remember our war dead, and to draw a straight line between their sacrifices and the liberties we continue to enjoy.”
Engler recounted his childhood memories of solemn parades following World War II, and noted the restored World War I memorial in the park. He ended the speech by reading the names of the 11 Laconians who died in the Vietnam War.
Riders from the NH Patriot Guard lead the Memorial Day parade down Main Street. (Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
Youngsters watch the wreath ceremony honoring those lost at sea at Riverside Park during Laconia’s Memorial Day parade.
(Karen Bobotas/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
Members of Gilford Boy Scout Troop 243 place a wreath at the Gilford Veterans Memorial during Memorial Day ceremonies yesterday. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
The Gilford Police Department Honor Guard pays respect as the stars and stripes are raised to half mast during Memorial Day ceremonies yesterday. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
Boy Scouts Vincent Butka, left, and Keith Cameron pay respects after placing a wreath on the veterans monument during Memorial Day services in Belmont yesterday. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
A Belmont Police cruiser and the Belmont Police Honor Guard escort members of the American Legion and the Belmont High School marching band toward Monument Square for Memorial Day ceremonies. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
- Written by Ginger Kozlowski
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