- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) - With dozens of family members looking on, New Hampshire has unveiled a monument to soldiers killed fighting in conflicts since 9/11.

The 12-foot granite memorial called the Global War on Terror Monument was unveiled on Memorial Day at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. It was inspired by a similar monument in Vermont and is only the second of its kind in the nation.

The memorial features four hero walls with the names of 50 state residents. It also has a globe on top and benches representing all five military branches, as well as a helmet, combat boots, dog tags and an inverted rifle - known as a field memorial.

It was the idea of Preston Lawrance, who led efforts to raise the $100,000 to build it.


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