Guest speaker James Canavan, a Coast Guard and Navy veteran, reminded the assembly in the school's cafetorium that some 37,000 Massachusetts residents had given their lives over the years "so that we can do things like we're doing here today."
A Better Community donated $1,000 from their clothing sale to the Berkshire Children and Familiesí Kids 4 Harmony program at Brayton Elementary School.
Jane Frado of A Better Community (ABC), the charitable organization out of Williamstown, said the Kids 4 Harmony program was one of five agencies they donated money to from their massive second-hand clothing sale.
Brayton Elementary School students and faculty honored veterans past and present during their Memorial Day ceremony.
After fourth-graders led the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and went through the history of Memorial Day on Friday morning, speakers were invited to the stage to explain what Memorial Day means to them.
James Holmes, who teaches the class, said the program hits on the myriad skills students need to navigate through the world however last week's class was focused on providing students with the skills needed to make responsible decisions.
The city's Christmas tree has a unique decoration this year: a 220-foot paper chain.
This distinctive creation was made by Brayton Elementary sixth- and seventh-graders who presented the chain to Mayor Richard Alcombright on Wednesday, just in time for the tree's lighting that evening.