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Temple NH Memorial Day 2002

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Temple Memorial Day Photos 2003

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Plans are moving forward for Temple's annual Memorial Day observance, which this year falls on June 1, the first Sunday after the national holiday. In keeping with long-standing tradition, the parade will step off at noon, after church gets out, with various elements of the parade marshaling at " The Old School," now the residence of the Robert Moses family. All military veterans - newcomers and old hands alike - are encouraged to march in the parade ("Civvies" are perfectly fine if your uniform has shrunk over the years; bring your old service cap if you've got it.) Rifelmen for the town's honor guard are always in demand (uniform, at least semi-regulation, required).

Services are scheduled at the Memorial Tree, where honors will be rendered to Temple's three servicemen who lost their lives in World War II. Beginning this year, 2003, plans are being readied to make special, individual note of the 60th anniversary of each of these men's ultimate sacrifices, in the order in which they were taken from us: 2003, 1st Sgt. David H. Quinn (1943), USMC; Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Leon Blood (1944), U.S. Navy; and 1st Lt. Murray M. Day (1945), U.S. Army. Only a handful of folks reading this item will personally remember these brave men, which somehow makes it all the more important that they not be forgotten, not only as fallen warriors, but also as fellow citizens who once had bright plans for a good life, right here in their hometown.

Following the Memorial Tree services, a brief ceremony will be held across the way on the Common, as will a similar observance at the New Miller Cemetery, by the ballfield.

The Greenville Legion post will once again assist us this year with its Memorial Day services, providing its well-trained, award-winning honor guard, which, in addition to rendering honors in the center of town and at the Old miller Cemetery, will also travel cross-town to the cemetery in the North End, to honor the veterans buried there. The Temple Town Band will per usual provide marching and ceremonial music and will present its annual Memorial Day concert on the common, slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Considerable amount of behind-the-scenes work is required to make Memorial Day happen, and in addition to the "usual suspects," fresh talent is always welcome to help spread out the workload. Among the chores that need to be done are: making grinders, planting the flower beds and window boxes, wreath-making, and other duties. If you'd like to help or participate in Temple's proud Memorial Day tradition.
Please contact Paul Quinn at: 924-6173.
- 'article copy from town newsletter'