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Memorial Day


With parades and public ceremonies cancelled because of the coronavirus, communities across New Hampshire are marking Memorial Day in novel ways.

Across Dover, Rochester and Somersworth, church bells tolled at 10am to mark the day of remembrance.

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Towns and cities across the state are marking Memorial Day, with parades and other festivities.

In Hopkinton, Don West watched a line of classic cars with American flags slide through the center of town. He came to remember his uncle who was killed in World War II. But he also had his mind on the world today.

"It's really somewhat scary to think about all the tension around the world and how easy it would be to get sucked into another conflict," he said. "And I just hope that doesn't happen."

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Trails in the White Mountains could be more challenging this holiday weekend. As NHPR’s Sean Hurley reports many still show signs of winter.

It may be summer in New Hampshire but Frank Carus, with the Forest Service,  says most of our taller peaks don’t know it yet. "We've had a lot of snow," Carus says, "and you're going to run into snow anywhere between 3,500 hundred and 4000 feet."

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Cities and towns across New Hampshire held parades to commemorate fallen service members this Memorial Day.


In Manchester, Senator Maggie Hassan and Mayor Joyce Craig were there as the marching down Elm Street began.


Several local school bands provided the music as retired service vehicles rolled along.


Saeed Ahmed owns a gas station right on Elm Street and has a front-row seat to the parade every year.


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Cornbread and Butterbeans/ Carolina Chocolate Drops/ Genuine Negro Jig/ Nonesuch

I Can't Sleep/ Steve Goodman/ The Easter Tapes/ Red Pajamas

Jambalaya/ Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen/ The Song Train / Woodpecker Records

That's the Way the World Goes 'Round/ Jeffrey Foucault/ Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes/ Signature Sounds

Sometimes In The Morning/ Jonathan Edwards/ Live In Massachusettes/ Rising Records

5.30.16: Happy Memorial Day

May 30, 2016
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Each Memorial Day, the country comes together to remember the fallen – but history hasn’t always been so kind. When President Lincoln was assassinated, many publicly celebrated his death...and not just in the south. 

On today’s show, we’ll shatter the myth of a country united in mourning. Then, we'll look at why some important historical events go entirely unremembered – like the sinking of the Sultana, America’s deadliest maritime disaster. 

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  New Hampshire officials are marking Memorial Day by unveiling a monument dedicated to those killed in the conflicts in Iraq to Afghanistan.

5.25.15: Happy Memorial Day

May 25, 2015
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Each Memorial Day, the country comes together to remember the fallen – but history hasn’t always been so kind. When President Lincoln was assassinated, many people publically celebrated his death, and not just in the south. On today’s show, the myth of a country united in mourning. Plus, a look at why some important historical events go altogether unremembered – like the sinking of The Sultana, America’s deadliest maritime disaster. And a Vietnam veteran says thank you to the comrade who saved him – not from bullets, but from himself.


New Hampshire towns and cities are marking Memorial Day with ceremonies and parades from morning until night. 

A Rugby Match To Remember An Army Medic

May 28, 2014

Most Memorial Day events pay tribute to all those who have died in military service to the nation, but there are some events that honor individuals.

One such event takes place each year in Manchester in honor of Army Staff Sergeant Kyle Warren, a medic who was killed in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in 2010.

Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  A Memorial Day observance was held in front of the Manchester V.A. Medical Center this Monday morning.

Tammy Krueger, the Director of the Medical Center, told a seated crowd of veterans and the families of deceased soldiers that more than one million servicemen and women have died in America’s wars.

“We owe a lasting tribute to those courageous men and women who stepped forward when their country called, and made it possible for us to be here today.”

5.26.14: Memorial Day

May 26, 2014
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It’s Memorial Day, a time to remember the men and women who fought and died in military service to the United States. Today on Word of Mouth: those who take remembrance to the next level: the re-enactors. In 1986 there were an estimated 50,000 Civil War re-enactors in the U.S. Since 2000 their ranks have been cut in half. We’ll find out what’s at the root of the secession, and what drives someone to take on the identity of a 19th century solider. Plus, the founder of the Veterans Writing Project talks about harnessing the power of prose to cope with the hidden wounds of war. And, we’ll explore the psychic wounds veterans carry. We’ll talk to an officer who couldn’t forget the horrors of war.

NHPR / Michael Brindley


Memorial Day weekend is once again upon us, which means many people across the Granite State will fire up their grills for the first time this year.

To celebrate this time-honored tradition, the Propane Gas Association of New England held its sixth-annual Outdoor Living Safety Day on the New Hampshire statehouse lawn on Thursday.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley went there to talk to people about what makes grilling so great and how to make sure it’s done safely.

From The Archives: Memorial Day

May 21, 2014
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Memorial Day is probably the most archives-centric holiday in the year. While many holidays are a flush of personal memories and family traditions, Memorial Day is more about our collective memory as fellow countrymen. And archives are a conduit to our collective memory. 

A Laconia Artist Paints Soldiers at War

May 28, 2012
Brady Carlson, NHPR

For this Memorial Day we wanted to tell you about a unique art installation at the New Hampshire National Guard headquarters in Concord.

It’s a series of paintings by Elaine Morrison of Laconia, depicting soldiers at war. She tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the paintings.

Airs May 28 at 9:00 a.m.