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Boscawen ceremony will mark 70 years since end of WWII

Last modified: 8/10/2015 11:46:24 PM
The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with a special ceremony Friday.

The tribute is part of a nationwide celebration coordinated by the Spirit of ’45, an organization formed five years ago through a unanimous vote by Congress.

Celebrations will be held across the country Sunday, but Michael Horne, the director of the cemetery, chose Friday to match the date when the Japanese surrender ending the war was officially announced, on Aug. 14, 1945.

The spirit of the occasion was captured in a photograph showing a sailor kissing a woman in New York City’s Times Square, and a kiss-in will be held at that spot Friday as well.

The Boscawen event will be hosted by the Department of Northern New England and Purple Heart Riders National Association, which will conduct a wreath ceremony at the cemetery’s Circle of Flags.

All members of the group are veterans who have received a Purple Heart. Featured speakers will be Ken Chase of the New England chapter and Al “Scout” Grows of Nashua, the national president and founding member of the group.

The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last for about a half-hour. The public is invited.

The event will conclude with the playing of taps, which is heard throughout the cemetery grounds each night from Memorial Day through Sept. 11.

For details, call Michael Horne, executive director of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, at 796-2026, ext. 100.

(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or rduckler@cmonitor.com or on Twitter 


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