Several gatherings will mark 9/11 remembrance
Five new names have been etched on a granite monument at the American Legion Post in Hampton, a solemn reminder that the attacks that came out of a clear blue sky 12 years ago still resonate here.
On Wednesday, New Hampshire will remember the 9/11 attacks in ceremonies, including the 6 p.m. rededication of the Global War on Terrorism Monument at American Legion Post 35 in Hampton.
As always, the families of the fallen have been invited to attend. This year, 62 names, along with their ranks, branches of service and hometowns, will be read and remembered.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and the national commander of the American Legion will address the gathering.
Before heading to Hampton, Hassan will speak at a remembrance program at Manchester's Beech Street School at 9 a.m., and at American Legion Post 33's "We Will Remember" commemoration in Meredith's Hesky Park at noon.
The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery will hold a closing ceremony for its "100 Nights of Remembrance" on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Volunteers have played taps at the cemetery each evening since Memorial Day and the observance concludes each year on Sept. 11.
Michael Horne, director of the Boscawen cemetery, said it's an appropriate place to commemorate what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
"It ties together those who serve in uniform, the military as well as the fire and police," he said. "Though 9/11 was in New York City, what took place after that was primarily military operations to try to right the wrong.
"And so this being a focal point for New Hampshire's military, the veterans, it's just a nice time to come together and remember all."
The ceremony is sponsored by Catholic War Veterans of New Hampshire; other veterans' service organizations also will participate.
Horne and Brig. Gen. Carolyn Protzmann, assistant adjutant general for the New Hampshire Air National Guard, will deliver opening remarks. Guest speakers include Russell Bilodeau, department commander of CWV, Robert Blais, past department commander of the American Legion, and Sgt. Dennis Wade, commander of the New Hampshire State Police drill team.
New Hampshire Patriot Riders and Gold Wing Riders will provide a flag line, and units from veterans, emergency services, Scouting and service organizations will serve as color guards. Lakes Region Christian School's chorus, the Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps, Elliott Smith and Manchester singer Christopher Duffley, fresh from his recent appearance at Fenway Park, will perform.
Another event that commemorates the sacrifices of New York City firefighters on 9/11 has been rescheduled for next month.
The third annual New Hampshire 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will be held Sunday, Oct. 6. Participants climb a total of 110 stories in the Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm St., Manchester, to honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.
Organizer Lt. Bill Campbell from the Nashua Fire Department said the event was moved to coincide with Manchester's Fire Prevention Parade that Sunday to draw more attention to both events.
Last year, nearly 300 individuals, many representing fire departments from across New Hampshire and other New England states, made the climb, which is hosted by the Fire Instructors and Officers Association of New Hampshire.
Participation is open to anyone "who wants to honor the memory and the sacrifices of all the lives that were lost back in 2001," Campbell said.
Some of them were his friends.
Campbell was born and raised in Amherst, but moved to New York City in 1999 for a job with the fire department. He was home visiting his parents on the day of the attacks.
He immediately returned to the city. "I think I was digging away in the South Tower by 4:30 that day," he said. "I spent 10 days before I actually went home and saw my wife . ."
In its first two years, the climb here raised more than $40,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, more than any other stair climb in the country, Campbell said. "It goes to show you how much people up here really do remember and are willing to help out."For more information,visit www.nh9-11stairclimb.org.