Woodbury School students honor veterans for their military service
Members of the Salem High School Honor Guard honor POW/MIAs during the Woodbury School's annual Veterans Day ceremony. (ADAM SWIFT/Union Leader Correspondent)
This year's event featured Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, but the most eloquent words were provided by the keynote speaker, Salem firefighter Tom Kelley.
Kelley spoke about becoming a Marine 17 years ago and the opportunity it afforded him.
He said that gift was the opportunity to protect his country and family.
"I was deployed overseas and did things I never thought I would do, and saw things I never thought I would see," said Kelley.
Hassan spoke about her father, who was a World War II veteran, and the values of strength, resolve and devotion that he had and that Hassan said she sees in other veterans.
Ayotte thanked the veterans as well as the families of those who served. She also told the students gathered for the ceremony not to forget those who are still overseas.
In addition to the invited speakers, members of the Salem High School Honor Guard honored POW/MIAs, and several Woodbury students read essays about what Veterans Day means to them.
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