Honoring service

Paul Martin, of Lyndeborough, served as master-of-ceremonies at last Saturday’s ceremony in Boscawen recognizing the families of New Hampshire men killed in captivity during World War II and the Korean War.

Martin called it a “beautiful ceremony with a lot of emotion. People brought pictures of their relatives. It was very moving. Everyone agreed that it was a long time coming.”

A veteran of the Vietnam War, he is Adjutant Finance Officer of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

“Sixty years is a long time to wait for recognition,” Martin said. “My Purple Heart doesn’t have the meaning for me as this does for these people. They made the ultimate sacrifice. This recognition is well deserved.”