5 questions: Remembrance Ride sails tomorrow in Concord
New Hampshire motorcyclists will join bikers in three countries in remembering fallen allied veterans during the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride tomorrow.
The remembrance ride honors allied soldiers from the past and present who have died in the line of duty, and events will take place in four other states, Canada and the United Kingdom as well. This year marks the fifth annual ride and the third in the Granite State.
The ride will leave from the state police headquarters in Concord at 9:45 a.m. and will proceed to the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen for a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Both the ride and the ceremony are free and open to the public.
Dave Haskell, one of the coordinators of this year’s event, said the ride aims to remember and memorialize as many organizations of veterans as possible, including prisoners of war, those who have received the Purple Heart, Native American veterans and veterans of the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force.
Haskell spoke with the Monitor earlier this week about the details of the event.
How did New Hampshire come to host one of the United States’s Allied Memorial Remembrance Rides? Alaina Murphy was the original New Hampshire coordinator who started it. . . . She’s actually out getting food for this weekend, she has some of the Canadian riders coming down from Canada staying with her.
Are there are a lot of Canadian participants in the New Hampshire event? I think there’s probably a dozen or so. They do have their own ride. They had one on Saturday, June 22, so some of the participants can come to ours on July 6. They had theirs early, but the event is supposed to be on July 6.
About how many participants do you expect in total? Are most of them veterans themselves? Yes, the majority are (veterans). I think we had about 350 participants last year. We may have more this year. Each year it
goes along we add more participants.
What will the ceremony entail? We’re going to have a guest speaker. He was an assistant secretary of the Army, Brig. Gen. Edward M. Harrington, U.S. Army (Retired). . . in the procurement department.
Are there any other special details about the event? We’re very honored to have a bagpiper that played for the queen, Gordon Webster, the Sovereign’s Piper (Scots Guard, 1995-1996). This is his first time. I was looking for a bagpiper and his wife happened to call me.
(Mel Flanagan can be reached at 369-3321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)