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American Legion dedicates new monument at Veterans Home

TILTON — A new landmark was unveiled on Winter Street on Tuesday, June 18, as the American Legion Department of New Hampshire officially presented the New Hampshire Veterans Home with an entrance monument that fittingly honors the service of the home's residents.

The multi-ton slab of polished black granite, hand-engraved on the front with a drawing of the original 1890 New Hampshire Soldiers Home and on the back with a full-color American flag and the Legion symbol, will greet visitors for many years to come. It replaces a faded wooded signboard that was in the same spot for many years

Commandant Margaret D. LaBrecque welcomed representatives of the Legion and VFW, the home's board of managers, and many other veterans' organizations to the ceremony.

The main speaker was past Department Commander Robert "Bob" Blais, the project's principal sponsor, who described the $15,000 project's two-year path to realization.

Also delivering short remarks were American Legion National Vice-Commander John E. Neylon, current American Legion Department Commander Kenneth Maynard, and Barry E. Conway, recently retired commandant of the home.

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