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The June 15 Freedom Ride will reach Hesky Park by 7 p.m.

To The Daily Sun,

Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. bikers will again gather at Lowe's parking lot in Gilford for the 10-mile Freedom Ride in recognition of the POW/MIA issue and Vvgil that will take place in Hesky Park, Meredith at 7 p.m.

This year Gen. Reddel of New Hampshire National Guard has been asked to be the guest speaker. Asked why?  The answer is, the issue is one of Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility and Accountability. This general has shown to be responsible, accountable, and above all loyal to the troops and their families here in New Hampshire. We can say "thank you," and hear from this soldiers' soldier.

We understand that he has another commitment that day and will try to make it back on time. Either way we go on with the Awareness Vigil of 29 years of Thursday evenings. How many Americans even understand the terminology of POW/ MIA today since the Department of Defense has changed that. The DPMO ( Department of Missing Org), those that were to look for POWs, MIAs, is now DPAA. Confusing ? As always, this issue has been handled with misinformation and disinformation.

Meredith has been known as the hub for information over the years and The Rock in Hesky Park is the state's original POW/MIA memorial.

Thank you to the state's Rolling Thunder Organization, Nam Knights, Combat Vets, American Legion and Purple Heart Riders, Marine Corps League Riders, the many other groups that ride and have ridden over the past years like the Patriot Guard, all galvanized by this issue. With vigils in Manchester and Portsmouth, as well as our sister vigil of 24 years in Fair Haven, Vermont.

A sincere thank you to the POWs who stand with us each year and in the past, family members, Gold and Blue Star Families.

The vigil continues.

Bob Jones, Director

Northeast POW/MIA Network


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Hats off to Rotarians of Meredith for commitment to clean lakes

To The Daily Sun,

I was reading in another local paper about the Rotarians of Meredith cleaning up the waters of Meredith. I say hats off to all of you and your town for the care and respect you have for your environment. I wonder if Gilford does this? If not may I volunteer with you and yours? I can't drive a boat, but I sure do love this lake and wish to see it last for many more generations to enjoy.

As for all the veterans out there, I found this quote from Harry S. Truman: "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." From a granddaughter of a WWII vet and Peleliu survivor — and a daughter of a Vietnam vet survivor — thank you and God bless you all.

"All gave some; some gave all." — William Osterkamp

Denise C. Burke

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