Inmates Participate in Memorial Day Observances
(Concord, N.H.) Inmates from the New Hampshire State Prison for men in Concord and the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin gathered for solemn ceremonies honoring American Veterans during Memorial Day. The annual observances draw hundreds of inmates, many of them military veterans, to recognize those who died in service to their country. Representatives from local Veterans’ groups also participate in the events.
In Concord, a depiction of the U.S.S. Memphis attack submarine was painted by inmate Daniel Beauchesne, which is to be donated to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (see below). This painting will be delivered at a later date. A letter from Second District Congresswoman Annie Kuster was read aloud during the ceremony in which she thanked the Veterans for their bravery, patriotism, and sacrifice.
Letters from Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen were read at the ceremony in Berlin. Senator Shaheen wrote, “Gathering here to recognize these men and women is one small way we can each express our appreciation for their bravery and service.”
Governor Hassan wrote, “I recognize our state’s responsibility to live up to the sacrifice of our fallen heroes.”
More than 250 inmates incarcerated in the New Hampshire Department of Corrections are military veterans.