Concord, NH - Inmates who are military veterans gathered in the chapel of the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord on May 21, 2009 for an hour long Memorial Day ceremony. The event, sponsored by Chapter 161 of Vietnam Veterans of America, drew about fifty participants.
The event featured remarks from James Brendon Hart, a representative from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
The ceremony was highlighted by offenders reading the names of New Hampshire soldiers still missing in action from the Korean Conflict and in Southeast Asia. Inmates also read the names of the New Hampshire servicemen who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The men’s choir performed “God, Give Us Good Men.” The ceremony ended with an inmate performing “Taps.”
Other guests met with the offenders including State Representative Chris Nevins (R-Hampton), Michael Horne, Director of the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn, and Warden Richard M. Gerry.