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General Harrison R. Thyng, Memorial

 

Dedication
Brigadier General Harrison Thyng Memorial
July 17, 2004

Culminating a three and one half year effort, the Pittsfield Historical Society dedicated the Thyng Memorial on July 17, 2004.  On a bright, beautiful day, with hundreds of people gathered to witness the occasion, the ceremony went off without a hitch.

 

First came stirring music from the Bektash Shriner’s Drum Corps, then two pre-WWII Stearman PT-17’s flew overhead with their noisy engines roaring to all, “Welcome to the ceremony.”   The colors were presented by Manchester American Legion Post 79 following patriotic tunes by the Hopkinton Town Band.

 

On the dais were eleven people including host of ceremonies Larry Berkson.  Larry introduced Father Georges de Laire who gave the benediction and Reverend Sandy Pierson who led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Kelly Loring of Belmont sang a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  Larry followed Kelly with an introduction of many distinguished guests in the audience including two New Hampshire fighter aces from WWII, the military presence in its many forms, and civilian guests among which was Louis Scott, Plant Manager, Rock of Ages, responsible for the cutting and carving of the granite memorial.

 

Larry then introduced Bill Provencal, Historical Society President, who thanked the many volunteers for making the occasion a reality.  Edward Tasker, former Selectman of Barnstead, spoke on behalf of the people of both towns.  He said that without their participation, there would be no memorial.  He spoke of Gen. Thyng visiting him in a hospital when he was recovering from wounds from his Vietnam duty   -  a General visiting a Private.

Next it was Jim Thyng’s turn at the microphone.  He thanked the people of Pittsfield and Barnstead and individuals from 30 States for what they had accomplished. He introduced guest speakers Gordon Beem, Major USAF retired; John Blair, Major General, NH Nat’l Guard; Lt. Gen. Daniel James, Director Air Nat’l Guard; and Ronald Fogleman, Chief of Staff, USAF retired.  And speak they did: Beem told of his experience handling Thyng’s famous message of 1951 to Gen. Vandenberg; Blair spoke of his personal involvement with Thyng who had helped his son; Gen. James told the story of Thyng’s founding of the Air Guards of ME, NH, and VT; Gen. Fogleman heralded Thyng’s feats as a great combat leader and standout airman.  All told the story of one of New Hampshire’s greatest patriots and leaders of men.

 

Interrupting Gen. Fogleman’s speech was the fourship flyby of F-16 jet fighters from the 309th Fighter Squadron, the same unit Harry Thyng had commanded in 1942.  Their roaring arrival was applauded by all.  The band played the Air Force Song in tribute to the Gen. Thyng as the colors were retired and the ceremony closed.  A day to remember.

 

Brigadier General Harrison Thyng


 

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