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November 12, 2013

Kezer pays tribute to veterans, Amesbury's citizens

AMESBURY — Uncertain of his election fate, Mayor Thatcher Kezer gave some candid remarks during yesterday’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, addressing last week’s close election while saluting the citizens of Amesbury for allowing him the chance to serve as mayor.

Kezer’s speech came about halfway through the 40-minute ceremony, which took place at the Doughboy Memorial and immediately followed the city’s annual Veterans Day parade. Besides acknowledging his own precarious position, Kezer also thanked the veterans for their service and the residents in attendance for honoring those veterans with their presence.

Addressing last week’s election, in which he fell short of re-election by two votes, Kezer said he holds no angst, bitterness or regret, and ultimately only wants to serve the public, whether it’s in Amesbury as mayor or in some other capacity elsewhere.

He added that the situation reminded him of the official transfer of power ceremony that occurs in the military, in which an outgoing officer stands before his troops to relinquish command, and then thanks them for their service and loyalty. He said the civilian equivalent to this ceremony is an inauguration, but until the mayoral recount is conducted, it’s impossible to say who will take the reins of the city in January.

“It is with this thought in mind, not knowing if I will have the privilege again, that I render my salute to you, the good people of Amesbury,” Kezer said, “who come here to honor our veterans, and to thank you for the honor of having been your leader for the past eight years.”

There were about 200 people on hand for the ceremony, which was led by Arthur Lawler, commander of American Legion Post 187, and also included prayers by Pastor John Howard from the Rock Church, the Rev. Louis Palmieri from Holy Family Parish, and musical performances by the Amesbury High School marching band.

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