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BOSCAWEN, N.H. (WCAX) A big turnout Tuesday at a funeral for a Vietnam veteran from New Hampshire, despite the fact that the soldier had no living relatives
Ronald Daigle passed away at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction last month. The Vietnam veteran from Bethlehem, New Hampshire, was 71. Tuesday, he was laid to rest surrounded by a family he never met.
As taps filled the air at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, dozens stood at attention.
"Fortunately, I have a family. He didn't have a family. But he did have a family-- fellow veterans," said Gary Gahan, a Vietnam veteran.
And they came from all over the region to pay their respects to a fellow soldier.
"It makes my heart feel good," Don McCormick said.
McCormick is the state commander for the Vermont VFW.
"We are all brothers. We all served together," he said.
And Daigle was not alone when he died. He was a well-known patient at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction. The facility's No Veteran Dies Alone program ensured staff and volunteers were with him up until his last breath.
"White River Junction is proud to be one small part of the lives of the veterans who have served our country and this is a way to honor them and their service," said Becky Rhoads of the VA Medical Center.
The medical center also helped spread the word about the funeral.
"What it says is the community cares about their vets right. And I think there was a period of time, particularly a lot of the folks from the Vietnam era, where maybe that wasn't the case," said Shawn Buck of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery.
"We were not welcomed. We were called baby killers. We were spit at," Gahan said.
But this former Marine says the support seen on this day is a clear sign that the lives of all veterans will be honored.
"No other veteran behind us will have to suffer the same and what we went through," Gahan said.
As fate would have it on this day, another New Hampshire soldier with no next of kin was also laid to rest. The group paid their final respects to that veteran, as well. A family bonded by their love of service and dedication to service.
Proper Procedure of Playing taps
As we begin our new season and hopefully getting new volunteers, we would like to remind everyone the proper and respectful way to sound taps.
1. Get to the Cemetery early2. Warm up out of the site (near your car)3. Quietly and respectfully Move to the area of sounding taps4. Stand at ease until bells start5. At 7:00 pm come to attention6. After last bell (number 7) start to sound taps7. After sounding taps take a couple of minutes to shake the hands or talk to anyone in attendance.
A NOTE FROM NOEL
I am witting asking for your help. Many of you know that about eight years ago we started sounding taps at Mount Calvary. At that time we had the support from the JROTC Cadets at Manchester West High School which was great! But when the Commander of that Unit retired and a new replacement was hired, things started going south. When the new commander of the JROTC decided that his Cadets could no longer sounds taps. Several of the members from the Catholic War Veterans decided to keep our program of nightly taps alive so they took a digital bugle and used it to sound taps. This is still working this year but their members are getting older and are asking for our help. So please consider sounding Taps in Manchester every now and then though out then Summer.
To sound taps in Manchester please contact me and I will let the members of the CWV know and I will put you in on their calendar.
Since 2005 to the present, members of 100 Nights of Remembrance sound taps at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH and The Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manchester, NH every evening rain or shine at 7:00 PM from Memorial Day through September 11th. After the 100 consecutive nights closing ceremonies, taps is then sounded once a week on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 PM Rain, shine or even snow until the opening ceremony each Memorial Day. 100 Nights of Remembrance is dedicated to honoring and paying the highest respect to those who have served in our Armed Forces and all our fallen heroes. The public is welcome to attend these solemn ceremonies. “So We May Never Forget”
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