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Holiday celebration: Whether old or new, Memorial Days always are red, white and blue

By Dean Shalhoup | May 23, 2020
Nashuans could go to the local theater to see films of high school sports and in this case, the Memorial Day parade, sandwiched between movies.
Courtesy of Nashua Historical Society Another view of the large gathering of Nashuans who turned out for a 1937 Memorial Day service in Foster Square, where the statue of Civil War Gen. John G. Foster was erected decades earlier.
Courtesy of Nashua Historical Society A large gathering of Nashuans surrounds the statue of Civil War Gen. John G. Foster for a Memorial Day service in 1937. Such events, including the parades, drew large crowds in the era between the two world wars.
File photo The author, a member of Boy Scout Troop 7, appearing non too pleased about being photographed while marching in the 1968 Memorial Day parade.
Telegraph file photo A color guard precedes the James E. Coffey Post American Legion band, one of dozens of participants in Nashua's Memorial Day parade in 1976 – the year of the nation's bicentennial celebration.
Members of a Boy Scout troop march in a Memorial Day parade in Nashua sometime in the early 1960s.
Dean Shalhoup

Longtime reporter, columnist and photographer, is back doing what he does best ñ chronicling the people and history of Nashua. Reaching 40 years with The Telegraph in September, Deanís insights have a large, appreciative following.

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