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At N.H. Veterans Cemetery, Reminder That Many Still Serving In Afghanistan

NHPR / Michael Brindley

Hundreds turned out Monday for a Veterans Day ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

The music of the New Hampshire National Guard band greets visitors, as they gather at the site where roughly 6,000 Granite State veterans are buried.

Adjutant General of the National Guard William Reddel remarks at the impressive turnout.

“Every year the crowd gets bigger, and bigger and bigger. So what is today all about? It’s really about celebrating the 28 million veterans that are living in the United States today. And the 128,000 that call New Hampshire home.”

Reddel is wearing his fatigues, which he says is his way of reminding citizens that there are still over 150 New Hampshire servicemen and women in Afghanistan.

“And it was my promise to them and their families that I’ll wear this uniform because that’s what they’re fighting in until they come home.”

He says the state does an exceptional job of taking care of its veterans when they return home.

Governor Maggie Hassan and all four members of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation also spoke at the ceremony.