NH Veterans Cemetery
Submitted by Gary P. Cyr, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH is one of 51 state veterans cemeteries and 136 national veterans cemeteries in the United States. Established in 1997, this serene parcel of land was developed to provide a final resting place for all veterans who have honorably served in our nation’s armed forces. By providing and maintaining a dignified burial site, the cemetery is a source of pride for veterans, their families, and New Hampshire residents. Included in the plans for the cemetery is a historical walkway with twenty marble monuments. Each monument will feature a significant historic event in New Hampshire’s 320 plus year history; from the establishment of the State’s militia in 1680 to the names of the 59 Medal of Honor recipients. The New Hampshire Veterans Historical Walkway Campaign seeks to raise $600,000.00 to construct this historic walkway for all NH citizens and its visitors.
The Campaign also includes a curriculum component for New Hampshire school children. New Hampshire historian R. Stuart Wallace, PhD., is developing a NH Military History Curriculum and Teachers Resource Guide. This web-based guide will feature the 20 key events and historical roles NH citizens have played in history. The curriculum includes time lines, narratives, historical highlights and military sites throughout New Hampshire.
Former NH US Senator Warren Rudman is the Chair for the Campaign. He writes, “ The New Hampshire Veterans Historical Walkway will be a place of remembrance for surviving family members and comrades in arms as well as a source of great pride in our military history for all New Hampshire residents.”
Several New Hampshire corporations and individuals have become major sponsors to the campaign. At
the time of this article BAE SYSTEMS, Public Service of New Hampshire, Insight Technology, TYCO International, Verizon, Liberty Mutual Insurance, along with individual support from Mr.Craig Benson and Mr. Sean Mahoney are showing strong support for NH Veterans by providing major sponsorship to this walkway. Donors to the Walkway Campaign will be able to designate appropriate naming opportunities. These have been suitably chosen to appeal to those who would like to memorialize a loved one or honor a supporting business. The naming opportunities are as follows: Historic Monuments - $30,000.00 ea; Granite Benches - $1,500.00 ea; Flag Poles - $1,000 ea; Crag Apple, Oak or Maple Trees - $750.00 ea; Brick for the Memorial Walkway - $50.00 ea. (The Chapter‘s Board of Directors have voted to purchase a Brick, engraved with “TROA-NH” - Ed.)
Earlier this year, the Chapter mailed out notices to members who pay dues on an annual basis. If you did not receive a notice, there are four possibilities: (1) you are a life member; (2) you prepaid your dues last year; (3) you joined the Chapter late in 2001 and your dues were credited for 2002; or (4) we made a mistake. If you think we made a mistake, please contact Herb Follansbee at P.O. Box 712, Dover, NH 03821-0712.
If you received a dues notice and have responded, thank you! If you received a dues notice and plan to renew your membership, please do so at your earliest convenience. If you lost your dues notice or if you are unsure of your status, please contact Herb. If you have decided to not renew your membership, please send Herb a short note so that he can take you off the distribution list for follow-up notices. Thank you
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