This past Saturday, which was deemed as Armed Forces Day, had the Daily Sun featuring a photo of a very happy group of young people enjoying perhaps the best years of their lives, heading for the prom from Gilford High. In remembrance of Armed Forces Day a lady from Sanbornton had a poem titled "SACRIFICE", inserted in the same paper. No mention or note was made in that day's Sun of the young man, also of Gilford High, who passed away on this date in Iraq seven years ago. The community seems to little note nor long remember what he did and what then became of him there.
Some of the students currently matriculating at Gilford High have proposed that an athletic field be named in honor of one of their most successful, well loved, and admired coaches. They are not contemporaries of the young man who sacrificed his life in Iraq when they were in 4th or 5th grade. The School Board seemed reluctant to take their request under advisement. I think in this season of remembrance that some mention should be made of this young man who is remembered fondly by his contemporaries of the greater Gilmanton, Gilford, Laconia community, as well as by the rest of that community who know and understand that freedom is not free.