Flags Across NH Successfully Honors Afghan Vets
Despite the showers Flags Across New Hampshire was a big success in showing support for members of the U.S. military who served in Afghanistan.
The goal of the event held at 21 town and city halls which acted as rally points was to show veterans who were feeling dejected about the end of the 20 year war that ended with the U.S. pullout and the fast takeover by the Taliban their efforts were well worth it.
Organizer Matt Mayberry told Seacoast Current he estimated there were around 250 people who showed up to 21 rally point around the state. Mayberry said it was not a bad turnout considering the event was put together in less than a week.
Mayberry's goal was to keep it simple with no speeches, no political signs and keeping the event to just a half hour.
One man in a black pick up showed up at the State House in Concord where Mayberry spent the event. Mayberry said the man looked like he could be a veteran drove around the block a few times. He finally stopped and gave the group a thumbs up.
"That's why we stood in the rain and did this," Mayberry said.
Mayberry said one political candidate showed up despite the ban wearing a campaign T-shirt.
After some discussion about whether or not it violated the "no politics" rule the candidate agreed to hold a flag in front of his shirt.
Seacoast Current Managing Editor Kimberley Haas was one of the organizers of this event.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH