Londonderry, New Hampshire - With snow falling at an inch an hour, nearly a thousand Londonderry residents lined Mammoth Road this morning, centered at Macks, for a glimpse of the Lancer Band motorcade led by Londonderry Police and Marines; the venue all that more impressive since in October 2008 Barack Obama spoke at the Moose Hill Orchards Farm during his last visit to Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Departing the Londonderry High School just after the expected departure of 7:30AM, students may have wondered where the normal crowd of parents and friends were to wave them off. As the motorcade headed for the Presidential Inauguration, the buses passed by the historic Londonderry Town Common. Around the next bend, the Londonderry Fire Department unfurled the huge American flag once used by the band when they preformed at a New England Patriots game. The historic Mack's Apples Barn in the background and the falling snow gave yet another Norman Rockwell image of Londonderry, New Hampshire to share with the world.
The parents were festive and not one person felt the cold bite of the 10 degree temperature or the snow as it layered on shoulders and heads. In the still morning air waving American flags well before the first glimpse of the Police escort and the Marine Humvee. EJ Lee, now a collage student captured the event on Video in front of the farm stand with band parents and past band members. She will be following the group to record what she can of this historic event.
Although the band has applied in the past to participate in the Inaugural Parade, this is the first time the application has been excepted. The 7 buses contained 285 students plus school staff and chaperone's who will participate in the presidential Inaugural festivities in Washington this week. The Londonderry High School Marching Lancers just returned from China in June of this year where they participated in Pre-Olympic events and performed on the Great Wall of China.
While participating in the send off Londonderry Town Councilor Kathy Wagner said, "Special thanks to the Londonderry Fire Department, your dedication and commitment to the community is appreciated. The location, weather and especially the patriotic message you sent with your equipment and personal commitment to the mission will not be forgotten."
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