Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Day


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New Ipswich celebrates Memorial Day a week before the official holiday. They do this to ensure that they can schedule a band and color guard for the afternoon parade. In the morning a smaller parade and ceremony are held in Smithville. This year we had a nice turnout of Veterans.

Pete and Bonny Jo provided coffee and Nisu before the morning parade as they have for many years
A  chance to meet up with the other vets
A salute
Morning service at the Smithville Cemetery

Benediction

Sea Cadets
Decorating the Waters while the Navy Hymn was played



Verse 1: Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea! 
Verse 2: O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
Verse 3: Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea! 
Verse 4: O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Dave Rust and his son Eric usually play echo taps  at the morning and afternoon programs, however this year Eric is deployed in the Middle East.

Don Poirier and his family