Monday, May 22, 2017

Memorial Day Observance 2017

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New Ipswich observed Memorial Day on May 21, 2017. The weather was beautiful and the black flies were tolerable. I attended the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Smithville, New Ipswich

Once again Peter and Bonny-Jo Aho provided nissu, coffee and lemonadeat their home in Smithville, New Ipswich

Carl Toko, the governor of Smithville

The Somero brothers


Scout Leaders

The morning parade had a float

Lance makes a point

Ceremony at South Cemetery in Smithville

The National Anthem was sung acappella,


Decorating the waters while the Navy Hymn was played 

Ollie Niemi has been organizing this observance for 20 years.

The Veesers at the New Ipswich Congregational Church

Afternoon ceremony at Central Cemetery

Boots on the ground

Nice to see so many people watching the observance

We had a band for the afternoon parade

Great place to watch a parade

New Ipswich Fire Department

Salute for the fallen

John Veeser sings Amazing Grace

Charlie Saari give the invocation