Services began at 9 a.m. on Monday with a wreath-laying at Veterans Memorial Park. Then at 10 a.m., formed at the Village Green, members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Pelham Little League teams all marched to the Gibson Cemetery where the names of the veterans who died during the last year were read by Domenic Buonarosa of the American Legion and Kenneth Stubert of the VFW. Selectman Hal Lynde then gave a reading about a firefighter who died this year.
For as many years as one remembers, everyone was welcomed by Honor Guard Commander Adjunct; SAL Advisor Herman Hanson then introduced those in attendance. Both commanders delivered remarks to those assembled, followed by a gun volley from the American Legion Honor Guard, followed by Taps from high school students Jared Towne and Justin Seavey.
Devin White stands in reverence as the National Anthem was played.
Pelham Girl Scouts assist American Legion Post Commander Domenic Buonarosa in laying a wreath.
Trumpeters Jared Towne and Justin Seavey provided echo Taps, following a gun salute.
Pelham Girl Scouts banner is supported by what appears to be the youngest members, known as Daisy Girl Scouts.
Windham residents celebrated Memorial Day for the noble and sacred reason it was intended - to honor those who paid for Americans’ freedom with their lives.
On a beautiful morning May 25 at 9:30 a.m., the Windham Memorial Day parade began at Center School for the march to the Cemetery on the Plains.
Parade Marshal, Mort Perlman, signaled the participants to begin their journey: led by Patrolman Scott Rogers on motorcycle followed by Parade Marshal Perlman together with many veterans in full uniform representing all branches of the armed forces.
Following close behind were State Representatives Mary E. Griffin, Margaret Crisler, Carolyn Webber, David Bates, Charles McMahon.
Also in attendance, the Board of Selectmen, Galen Stearns, Roger Hohenberger and Windham School Board members Bruce Anderson (chairman), Mike Hatem (vice-chairman), Jeff Bostic and Ed Gallagher, and Mark Brockmeier.
Parade Marshal Mort Perlman's recitation honoring our veterans was a stirring tribute to all members of the armed forces, past and present. Kudos to Chairman Perlman for his devotion to the planning each year of the Memorial Day Parade. Americans must never forget the price paid by veterans for freedom.
Bands marching in the Windham parade were the Windham Center School, Windham Middle School, and the Salem High School band.
Let us all remember how proud we are to be an American. God bless America.
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