Londonderry gathers to honor itself at 115th Old Home Day celebration
As part of the town's 115th Old Home Day celebration, the hour-long parade served as a showcase of area organizations and civic groups, police and fire vehicles, clowns, costumed characters, marching bands, local celebrities and more than a few politicians.
Perhaps drawing the loudest applause was the 100 or so employees from the Londonderry Market Basket store, who waved signs and chanted "thank you, customers" as they made their way towards Lions Hall.
Once the parade passed by there was still plenty to do around the town's center, with dozens of area organizations hosting booths on Town Common and a town fair showcasing locally-made foods and crafts in the historic Grange Hall.
South Elementary School teacher Deanna Poulin's fourth graders picked the winning Old Home Day theme this year: "Londonderry - Where Memories Are Made."
Thursday evening centered on children's activities, while Friday night's festivities included a concert and a fireworks display.
According to Wagner, it was the first time in "about 20 years" guests of legal drinking age could wash down their sandwiches with a beer. Proceeds benefitted the Lions Club's charitable programs.
Dressed in the authentic costumes, a dozen or so troupe members shared a glimpse at our nation's past.
"This is sort of a crash course in the Revolutionary era," said Emery, who joined the troupe in 1992.
Bedford resident Bob Barber displayed his 1944 Army Jeep both during and after the parade.
Barber said he purchased the Jeep from an amateur collector in Mohawk, New York, and it took him about six weeks to bring it back to its former glory.
"When you start getting involved in these things, your circle just widens and widens," he said.
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