Andover Veterans Monument Park hosts first Veterans Day observance

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Andover - posted Tue., Nov. 15, 2011
Local residents representing all five branches of the United States military stand behind the Andover Veterans Memorial during a Veterans Day observance ceremony on Nov. 11. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Local residents representing all five branches of the United States military stand behind the Andover Veterans Memorial during a Veterans Day observance ceremony on Nov. 11. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Hours of volunteer work and many donated dollars have gone into Andover Veterans Monument Park since the state turned the parcel of land on Route 6 over to the town of Andover in 2009.

Most recently, Matt Cordner of Andover Landscaping donated his time, talents and materials to construct a retaining wall around the newly-erected sign identifying the park. The area inside the retaining wall was filled with soil for plants that will be put in this coming spring.

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the town held its first Veterans Day observance ceremony at the newly-spiffed-up park. Dozens of veterans representing all five branches of the military attended, and speakers included state Rep. Pamela Sawyer (R-55) and state Sen. Edith Prague (D-19).

Dianne Grenier, who has played a huge part in overseeing the beautification of the park and who organized the ceremony, was pleased with the results. “I especially liked the small flags,” she said, gesturing toward dozens of small American flags placed in the ground in front of the monuments by local children.

Another nice touch was a list of names of former Scouts who are now members of the U.S. military, which was read by a long-time Andover Scout leader.

 


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