Memorial Day ceremonies take place around the country, in both large cities and small towns. It is important that the community pause, reflect and honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States military.
Both young and old gathered at the memorial in Lovell Village at 11 am. The size of the crowd that attends is always a pleasant surprise. The Fryeburg-Lovell VFW conducts the ceremony with Joe Moody saying an opening prayer, the Ladies Auxiliary laying a wreath, there is a rifle salute followed by the playing of taps by two Fryeburg Academy students.
Lovell resident John McCann gave brief remarks and then introduced his daughter Kit, who told a very poignant story about a United States Army combat medic who lost his life in Afghanistan, his father and a young woman that the father met by chance while hiking the Appalachian Trail. The woman accepted an incredible responsibility and then endured intense pain and bad weather to fulfill the father's wishes. Please read the story of Zachary Shanafelt, Patrick Shanafelt and Nectar here: 'Community'.