Masks required for birthday tribute to Franklin Pierce

November 14, 2021 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Masks are required and guests will be asked to practice social distancing for the annual birthday tribute at the graveside of Franklin Pierce, the only New Hampshire resident to be elected president.

A wreath laying will commemorate Pierce’s 217th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Old North Cemetery in Concord. The public is invited to attend.

The wreath is sent annually from the White House and commemorates the 14th president’s date of birth and contributions serving in the country’s highest office.

Members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard and the Pierce Brigade will lay the wreath, present the colors and a salute.

Pierce was president from 1853 to 1857. Before that, he served in the state Legislature and in Congress.