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Since 1977 New Ipswich residents Peter and Bonny Jo Aho would host a coffee and nisu hospitality tent for veterans participating in the morning Memorial Day Parade.
New Ipswich holds its Memorial Day observance a week before the official date. As other small towns in the Monadnock region, staggering the date allows the towns to book marching bands, color guard and rifle squad.
Each year there is a reading of the honor roll mentioning Veterans that died since the last Memorial Day. This year Peter’s dad Edward Aho was on the list.
With some coaxing our friend Bob Grippardi and his wife had convinced Bob’s dad Peter(left) to move from Florida to New Ipswich to live with them. They renovated their home to accommodate him. Peter was also honored today.