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PHOTOS: Concord wreath-laying honors Franklin Pierce’s birthday

  • U.S, Army National Guard CW2 Sean Pinsonneault of Manchester plays taps at the Pierce Brigade celebration of President Franklin Pierce’s 213th birthday at the Old North Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A second-grader from Christa McAuliffe elementary school holds up a flag during the Pierce Brigade wreath-laying ceremony commemorating President Franklin Pierce’s 213th birthday at the Old North Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Aiden Kinerson (left) and his brother Gavin of Northwood hold up flags at the beginning of the Pierce Brigade wreath-laying ceremony marking President Franklin Pierce’s 213th birthday at Old North Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Pierce’s actual birthday is Nov. 23. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The new adjutant general of the state, Colonel David Mikolaites of the Army National Guard, says goodbye to students of Christa McAuliffe elementary school after the wreath-laying ceremony to celebrate the 213th birthday of Franklin Pierce, a New Hampshire native and the 14th president of the United States, at the Old North Cemetery in Concord on Nov. 21, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Students from Christa McAuliffe elementary school watch as Colonel David Mikolaities (right) and Gary Sparks place a wreath on the marker of President Franklin Pierce at Old North Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. After the ceremony, the Pierce Brigade hosted a birthday celebration party at the Pierce Manse. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It may be nearly 150 years since Franklin Pierce’s death, but that didn’t stop New Hampshire military officials and elementary school students from commemorating his 213th birthday in a wreath-laying ceremony at Old North Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday. Pierce, a New Hampshire native and the 14th president of the United States, was actually born on Nov. 23rd.