Corrections American Legion Chapter
Renamed to Honor New Hampshire Soldier Killed in the Line of Duty
(Berlin, NH) The New Hampshire American Legion Post 123 in New Hampshire Department of Corrections prisons was rededicated on May 24, 2016 as the NH American Legion Ryan Savard Post 123. The dedication and renaming occurred during the annual Memorial Day celebration at the Northern NH Correctional Facility in Berlin.
Sergeant First Class Ryan James Savard was a New Hampshire Special Operations Officer for the U.S. Army when he was killed in action on October 13, 2012. The prison’s American Legion Chapter was chartered in 2014 and work began quickly to honor one of New Hampshire’s own in this fashion.
About 60 inmates and 30 civilian veterans joined New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and other New Hampshire dignitaries for the two hour dedication ceremony. The formal naming of the Chapter was facilitated by Past American Legion National Vice Commander Jack Neylon (US Navy) and New Hampshire American Legion State Commander John Graham (US Army). The Savard Family accepted the plaques.
More than 250 inmates are military Veterans. There are 55 members of the American Legion Ryan Savard Post 123, which includes members in Berlin and at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord. A similar dedication ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016 in Concord.