Lyndeborough holds traditional Memorial Day observance

LYNDEBOROUGH – About 80 people gathered on the South Lyndeborough Village Common for traditional Memorial Day observances on May 25. The short parade was led by the Black River Fife and Drum Corp of Benson, Vt., and the Lafayette Artillery Company’s 1844 cannon drawn by a pair of chestnut horses.

President Abraham Lincoln, (as portrayed by Steve Wood of Claremont), American Legion Post 10 color guard of Wilton, veterans, Boy and Girl Scouts and the town’s Fire and Rescue vehicles also took part.

Guest speaker was resident Paul Martin, an officer of the Purple Heart Society, who spoke about the importance of Memorial Day and the need to remember and honor those who are still serving.

President Lincoln related the events leading up his famous address, which he recited.

Resident songwriter Walter Holt performed “The Song of Lyndeborough,” voted the town’s official song at Town Meeting in March.

Part of the observance was the rededication of the Common, which was created in 1914 by the Village Improvement Society. Walter Holland, captain of the Lafayette Artillery Company, presented a brief history of the common, various events held there, and the current project of enlarging it into a memorial park.

Earlier in the day, the Artillery Company firing squad held ceremonies in the Center and South cemeteries.