Youth hockey players participate in monument dedication

On Saturday, April 16, players from the Southern New Hampshire Cavaliers Youth Hockey Association participated in the formal military dedication of a monument in the memory of the U.S. Marine Raiders at the National Cemetery in Boscawen.

During the event, which included speakers Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., the players placed a wreath, which had been donated by Woodmans’ Florist of Milford, at the foot of the monument.

Former Raiders Harold "Bub" Sheffield and William Landfear attended the dedication. Sheffield was instrumental in having the monument built and placed near the U.S. Marine Corps monument in the cemetery.

The players, from Nashua, Milford, Brookline, Hollis and other towns, got to meet and speak with both World War II heroes, as well as with Hassan and Ayotte.

The U.S. Marine Raiders was the United States’ original elite fighting force. They fought in the Pacific Theater in places
such as Guadalcanal.

The ceremony also attracted many other former veterans, some of whom had also fought in World War II.