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Memorial Day Weekend 2013: Events, Fireworks, And Parades In NH

Monday, May 27, 2013

On Memorial Day weekend in the State of New Hampshire's communities and civic organizations celebrate Memorial Day with ceremonies, parades and the placement of poppies or flags on the graves of American's who have died in war.

First observed on May 30th, 1868, Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and was a commemoration of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. By 1890, all northern states recognized and honored the holiday.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

In 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD wrote a war poem In Flanders Fields which begins:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row...

Georgian educator, Moina Michael replied in verse:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

These four lines inspired the Red Memorial Poppy movement, and even a commemorative 3 cent "Poppy Lady" stamp for Michael's humanitarian efforts. The red poppy flower became the Memorial Day symbol and was worn in due respect for fallen brothers and sisters of service.

While the red poppy may have lost its symbolism, the idea behind it remains today. Our traditional Memorial Day celebrations tend to be the parade and sometimes fireworks.

In an effort to make sure everyone in New Hampshire has a chance to commemorate fallen heroes, we have gathered NH town Memorial Day celebration information. The list is alphabetical by town below and we will be adding to it!

If your town is missing and you have the information, please send it to me at jjordan@nh.com

If your town is missing and you are looking for information, please let me know and I will make every attempt to gather that information for you.

From NH.com to the families of fallen soldiers, we salute you and the sacrifice you and your loved ones have made for our country's freedom.

Memorial Day Commemorative Observances & Celebrations:

Alton Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Monument Square, Alton, NH

Amherst Memorial Day Sunset Parade
Friday, May 31
Middle Street, Amherst, NH

Atkinson Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Dow Common, Atkinson, NH

Auburn Memorial Day Bazaar / Fireworks
Sunday, May 26
Wayne Eddows Memorial Field, Auburn, NH

Barrington Memorial Day Parade
Thursday, May 30
Public Safety Building, Barrington, NH

Memorial Day Ceremony at the NH State Veterans Cemetery
Thursday, May 30
NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH

Brentwood Memorial Day Ceremony and Breakfast
Monday, May 27
Tonry Cemetery, Brentwood, NH

Memorial Day Celebration
Friday, May 24
Captain Samuel Douglass Academy, Brookline, NH

Concord Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Storrs Street Parking Lot, Concord, NH

Dover Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Pine Hill Cemetery, Dover, NH

66th Annual Durham Memorial Day Parade & Commemorative Celebration
Monday, May 27
Town Landing, Durham, NH

Enfield Memorial Day Parade & Museum Commemoration
Monday, May 27
Huse Park and the Enfield Police Station, Enfield, NH

Exeter Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Swasey Parkway , Exeter, NH

Memorial Day Parade
Sunday, May 26
Town Hall parking lot, Fremont, NH

Greenfield Memorial Day Parade
Sunday, May 26
Above the Greenfield Inn, Greenfield, NH

Greenland Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Greenland Town Offices, Greenland, NH

Gilford Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Community Church parking lot, Gilford, NH

Hampstead Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27
Veterans Memorial Park, Hampstead, NH

Memorial Day Fireworks Display
Sunday, May 26
Hampton Beach, Hampton, NH

Memorial Day Parade, Photo Display, & Family Fun Day
Monday, May 27
Henniker Community School, Henniker, NH

Hollis Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27
Hollis Town Common, Hollis, NH

Kensington Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Kensington Town Hall, Kensington, NH

Laconia Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
South Main Street, Laconia, NH

Lee Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Town Hall, Lee, NH

Lyndeborough Memorial Day Services & Parade
Sunday, May 26
Lyndeborough Center Church, Lyndeborough, NH

Manchester Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Webster St., Manchester, NH

22nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Craft Festival
Sat-Mon, May 25-27
Mill Falls Marketplace, Meredith, NH

Nashua Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Holman Stadium, Nashua, NH

Newmarket Memorial Day Parade
Thursday, May 30
Elm St., Newmarket, NH

Northwood Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Northwood Academy, Northwood, NH

Peterborough Memorial Day Parade, Remembrance Ceremony, and Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration
Mon-Tues, May 27-28
Peterborough Historical Society, Peterborough, NH

Plaistow Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Pollard School, Plaistow, NH

Plymouth Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
National Guard Armory, Plymouth, NH

Rochester Memorial Day Parade
Moonday, May 27
Holy Rosary Church, Rochester, NH

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27
Central Cemetery, Rye, NH

Seabrook Memorial Day Parade
Sunday, May 26
Trinity Church war memorial, Seabrook, NH

Somersworth Memorial Day Services & Parade
Monday, May 27
American Legion Parking lot, Somersworth, NH

Strafford Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27
Beaver Dam Estates, Strafford, NH

Memorial Day Fishing Derby and Chowder
Saturday, May 25
Town Square, Waterville Valley, NH


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