With Memorial Day approaching and traditional ceremonies and services canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the mayors of Dover, Rochester and Somersworth will hold a virtual ceremony to honor the military personnel lost while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The ceremony was recorded this week at Dover Veterans Park and will air on the government access channels in all three communities beginning this weekend and on Monday, Memorial Day. The virtual ceremony will also be available online. In attendance at the ceremony were Dover Mayor Robert Carrier, Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard and Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley, as well as representatives from area veteran organizations. The Rev. Andrew Nelson of St. Ignatius and St. Mary parishes in Somersworth provides the ceremony's invocation and benediction. In addition to the ceremony, a number of churches and organizations in all three communities will be ringing bells for two minutes at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, to honor the men and women who have died in service to the country.
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