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Pledge of Allegiance

Veterans Day was special for these kindergarteners as they lead townspeople in the Pledge of Allegiance at Groton’s remembrance on November 11, held at the Center Fire Station. Master of Ceremonies Don Black stated that the ceremony honored all Veterans, with special recognition of Vietnam Vets by Rep. Sheila Harrington. A flag was presented to Richard Chalmers Jr. in honor of his father, Richard Sr., who worked for the town Highway Department for 40 years and was a call Fire Fighter for 30 years. Photo by Lisa Murray

Boy Scouts Kyle Zimmer (Life Scout) and Nick Marsh (Eagle Scout) from Troop 1 West Groton are shown during the flag-folding ceremony at Groton’s Veteran’s Day Program held again this year at the new Fire Station, with over 200 people attending. With heavy rain last year and cool and windy conditions this year, the decision was made to once again bring the ceremony indoors, making it much easier to navigate for our veterans and their families. Don Black led the ceremony, who lovingly reminisced about his father Bennett, his hero, a B-24 bombardier in the Pacific during WWII.  State Rep. Sheila Harrington spoke with praise and gratitude for those forgotten military men and women who served in the Vietnam War.  Kindergarteners from Molly Kavanaugh’s class at Florence Roche led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Major General Bruce Zukauskas presented the American flag that has flown over Veterans Common for the past year to Dickie Chalmers honoring his father Richard “Dick” Chalmers for his service to his country and his town. Dick served in the Army in Korea and upon his return worked for over 30 years for both the Groton Highway Dept. and Fire Dept., serving as their Deputy Chief for six years. Photo by Nancy Ohringer.

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