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Good Luck Class of 2014! A Day of Reverence, Remembrance and Honor

by Len Lathrop Memorial Day in Pelham continues to be a morning of reverence, remembrance and honor for those

who made the ultimate sacrifi ce while serving our country. In a joint effort of the VFW Post 10722 and the American Legion Post 100, ceremonies began at 9 a.m. with a wreath laying at the veterans memorial at Pelham Veterans Memorial Park with all due honors. For the fi rst year a wreath was placed at the Gionet Bridge. The bridge was named this past

year in honor of Pelham resident U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel R. Gionet, who gave his life in Iraq on June 4, 2006. The wreath was placed by his mother, Denise, and his grandfather, which was followed by prayers and the sounding of “Taps.” As is the tradition, marchers formed at the Village Green and, led by honor guards from both the VFW and American Legion, ushered veterans, Pelham High School bands and many Scout troops to the Gibson Cemetery. The Claudia Combs Singers offered the national anthem, which was followed by

prayers offered by Reverend William Ferguson of the First Congregational Church and various memorial readings by VFW command staff of Jim Ehlinger, Jorg Dreusicke and Aram Jeknavorian. Next, the names of all Pelham residents who died in the service of our country were read, mentioning their service branch and the confl ict where they gave their service to the United States.

Pelham~Windham News Volume 11 Number 24 June 6, 2014 20 Pages Pelham Memorial Day

Homage Paid to Those who Made the Ultimate Sacrifi ce

continued to page 14- Pelham Memorial Day Proud veterans marched together on May 26.

by AJ Dickinson Many Windham residents gathered together on Memorial Day,

May 26 to not only pay homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifi ce for this country, but also for those who currently fi ght for our freedom. The annual parade began early that morning starting at 9:30 sharp as veterans, fi rst responders, Boy and Girl Scouts, as well as the elementary and middle school bands, could be seen marching along in honor of all who have served this country. The short but sweet parade ended with a heartfelt ceremony held at Cemetery on the Plain.

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Pictured Above: VFW Post Commander James Ehlinger places a wreath at the memorial at Pelham’s Old Village Square.

Pictured Here: Daniel Gionet’s mother and grandfather lay a wreath at the Gionet Bridge renamed for Daniel who gave his life for our country.

Families Flock to Strawberry Festival

Daisies wave to the crowd.

Windham Middle School Music Department Liana Phillips, Angela Phillips, Jordan Phillips, Kara Brandt, and Alyssa Kontos

by AJ Dickinson Thousands of area residents chose to spend their May 31st enjoying the Strawberry Festival, fi ttingly the 31st

annual event, the largest community

event hosted by the Friends of the Library of Windham each year. The event actually is the primary fundraiser for the Nesmith Library, single handedly supporting the institution while inevitably giving back to the community. Families of all ages from Windham and neighboring towns could be seen enjoying the many activities the festival had to offer, such as carnival games, bounce houses, live music, performances, raffl es, fresh cooked food, and, of course, homemade strawberry shortcake. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the day turned out to be a beautiful one as the clouds dispersed letting bright sun light and cool breezes throughout the Windham High School parking lot.

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