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Photos sought for Cheney-Armstrong Post 5’s new website

  • Milton L. Fontaine. Courtesy—

  • Memorial Day parade in Peterborough. Courtesy—

  • James N. McDonald in front of the G.A.R. Hall in Peterborough. Courtesy—

  • Joseph A. Atkoczaitis. Courtesy—

  • Members of the Grand Army of the Republic stand in front of the GAR Hall in Peterborough circa 1905. Courtesy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:22PM

The American Legion is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, and the Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 in Peterborough is looking for a way to honor and remember those who served from the area.

With a year-long celebration in store for next year, Wayne Thomas, commander and adjutant of Post 5 said there was a big push from the national and state level for every Post to have a website.

Since Cheney-Armstrong Post 5 never had one, Thomas said the group began the process of getting all its information ready to go online in anticipation of Memorial Day. It was a lot of work, Thomas said, but well worth it now that the website is up and functioning. The website allows members, prospective members and the community to learn more about New Hampshire’s fifth oldest post, he said.

The website, which Thomas said is still a work in progress, has information about eligibility, how to join, who to contact, all the Post 5 newsletters since May and the current list of officers. One piece of the website Thomas would like to see built up is the photo galleries.

Right now, the website has a good collection of photos from recent Memorial Day parades and flag burning ceremonies, as well as older, more vintage photos – mostly of the World War II era. Betty Myhaver had donated a scrapbook of WWII veterans in their uniforms taken all over the world to the Peterborough Historical Society that were then given to Post 5 to include on the new website.

“As of now, all the old pictures have come from the historical society,” Thomas said.

There are quite a few photos, but the search is on for more. Any old photos of Memorial Day parades, Veteran’s Day remembrances or soldiers in uniform, at home or around the world, are welcome. Thomas wants to see any and all photos that will then be posted on the website in batches as they come in.

“We’re asking anybody who has vintage or old photos of their brother, father, grandfather – anyone who served – from the area,” Thomas said.

The older the better, but photos from the Korean and Vietnam wars, as well as the most recent battles in Afghanistan and Iraq will also be much appreciated.

“It’s a work in progress, but we would just love to get more photos on there,” Thomas said.

Post 5 was created in 1920 and is open to those who “have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces during any of the war eras, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving” in the towns of Peterborough, Dublin, Hancock, Sharon, Greenfield and Temple.

When Thomas took over commander duties, Post 5 was struggling with membership with less than three dozen active members. Now, there are 212 members involved in one way or another.

Over the years, especially after war times, the Post has seen an uptick in membership. The previous all-time high was 204 between the Korean and Vietnam wars, Thomas said.

The Post meets the first Sunday of the month at 2 p.m., which is this week, (unless it’s a holiday weekend) at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm St., Peterborough. All veterans, auxiliary and their guests are welcome.

For more information or to arrange photo drop offs, call Thomas at 563-8376 or email wayneanddeethomas@gmail.com – or visit legionpost5nh.com.