CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) Change is the theme as the nation honors its fallen service members Monday.
Even amid the pandemic, military heroes will still be remembered across the country and in our region. Gov. Phil Scott urged Vermonters to show their gratitude and give thanks to all those who served and remember those who never made it home.
“I believe that today, as we navigate through this once-in-a-century crisis, the word sacrifice means a lot more as we unite to fight a new kind of enemy, one that threatens all of us," Scott, R-Vermont, said in a statement. “Perhaps there is no better time than now to reflect on the example of those who faced far darker days, but rose to the occasion, so that we might be here now to face our own challenge, together."
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says he hopes residents will embody the mentality of those who we remember today, instead.
"So many of them were part of these collective efforts that got us through our greatest challenges as a country, and we're being tested again in a way that calls for collective action and sacrifice. I hope we can kind of hold onto that kind of spirit that past generations of Americans have used to get through challenges," said Weinberger, D-Burlington.
Weinberger and VFW 782 Post Commander Michelle Caver will have a ceremony to honor the wartime sacrifices of all Americans at 11 a.m. at Battery Park. While the traditional parade will not take place this year, there will be a playing of taps by Larry Solt at the end of the ceremony.
New Hampshire's governor has directed all flags on public buildings and grounds at half-staff from sunrise until noon Monday.
"This Memorial Day, I join all Granite Staters in remembering those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our great nation. We are forever indebted to these heroes. Let us never forget their names and keep their loved ones in our prayers," said Gov. Chris Sununu, R-New Hampshire.
Over in Plattsburgh, flowers have been planted in front of the fire department's memorial. We're told Philip Tousignant and his family bring flowers every year. In a Facebook post, the department says with everything going on, the act of kindness shows how great the people of Plattsburgh are. The memorial has the names of Plattsburgh Fire Department members who have died.