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Keene veterans dedicate WWII wall

Charles “Charlie” Smith and Cornelius “Neil” Hendrickson look at the new World War II monument at the Keene Veteran’s Park, listing the names of 247 men from Keene who served their country during the conflict.

Charles “Charlie” Smith and Cornelius “Neil” Hendrickson look at the new World War II monument at the Keene Veteran’s Park, listing the names of 247 men from Keene who served their country during the conflict. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “This monument marks the physical mid-point of the Memory Walk path,” Paul Martin said to those in attendance. “The other wars, from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan, will also be commemorated. From here, we have to continue to raise funds to do that and this is where we can all get involved.”

“This started back when my daughters were in Girl Scouts and we would have spaghetti and lasagna dinners for the vets,” Beth Pelkey said. “We came up with the idea of the Memory Walk to show, through time, those who have served from Keene. We are hoping that the pathway ends with the most recent conflict, but we know that those are high hopes.”

The Keene Veteran’s Park is located next to the Keene Cemetery, with access off of Route 9N (Baxter Mountain Road).

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