Sunday, June 21, 2009

Crowd endures rain to honor service, sacrifice

"A mother who lost her son after his capture in Iraq shared her story as part of the annual Freedom Ride vigil at Hesky Park.

The 16th annual Freedom Ride started at Lowe's Plaza in Gilford and ended at Hesky Park in Meredith. Activities started and ended earlier than had been scheduled due to rain showers.

Carolyn Maupin, the mother of POW/MIA Pfc. Keith Matthew 'Matt' Maupin, spoke to the crowd during the vigil.

Matt Maupin who was stationed in Iraq with the Marines and was captured by al-Qaida in 2004. After nearly four years, his remains were identified in 2008."

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