Happy New Year! We hope you had a safe, healthy, and joyful holiday season! December was another busy month at the NHSVC. We conducted 79 interments in December, which is the most ever for a December. It's the fifth time in the past seven months that we've set a new high for that particular calendar month. We completed 1,138 interments in calendar year 2021.
The winter months allow our staff time to focus on indoor projects, including high-level vehicle and equipment maintenance, painting, deep-cleaning, and digitally archiving records. The staff also works diligently to remove snow and ice to make the cemetery safe for visitors. Regardless of our efforts, there are still bound to be slippery spots. Please be extremely cautious when visiting the cemetery in the winter months.
The NH Veterans Cemetery Association (nhvca.org) is an all all volunteer, non-profit organization that provides tremendous support towards honoring our veterans and their families. In January, Major General (Retired) Gretchen Dunkelberger, who has served as the NHVCA President for the past four years, turned over the position to Colonel (Retired) Roger Turcotte. We are incredibly grateful for Gretchen's leadership, dedication, and commitment to veterans, their families, and the NHSVC. Fortunately, Gretchen is not leaving the NHVCA. She will stay on to lead the 25th Anniversary Committee which will host a ceremony commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the NHSVC on Saturday, September 24, 2022. We look forward to working with Roger and continuing the great work of the NHVCA.
May your 2022 be safe, healthy, and full of joy. As always, thank you for your amazing support of the NH State Veterans Cemetery.