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Veterans War Memorial Tower Rededicated as National Monument

In the 100th years since World War 1 came to an end, state officials and veterans groups have rededicated the War Memorial Tower. The Veterans War Memorial Tower is now designated as a national monument by the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

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Volunteers Raising Funds for Wreaths on North Adams Veterans Graves

Maloney said the mission was to place a wreath on the graves of approximately 2,500 veterans in the city cemeteries of Hill Side, Southview and Blackinton, and in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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North Adams Elks, Veterans Office Host Picnic for Veterans

But the attendees were also taking away more than just food and conversation. This first annual picnic was offering a "goodie bag" of wellness supplies and a gift certificate for each veteran who attended.

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VA Hosting Agent Orange Town Hall in Pittsfield

The meeting will be held noon to 3 p.m. at Reid Middle School, 950 North St. The conversation is part of an ongoing series conducted by the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in its service areas.

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North Adams Veterans Services Now Offering City Hall Food Pantry

That is why it has been a blessing for the office to be able to expand its cache of free items for the 180 to 200 veterans it now serves monthly, including a new endeavor of providing a food pantry led by donations from Big Y supermarkets in North Adams and Pittsfield.

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Craneville Students Show Gratitude to Veterans

Freedom is not free. At Craneville Elementary School the freedom to wear hats in class cost the students $1.

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Elks Lodge Donates Gift Cards For North Berkshire Veterans

Sacco on Monday morning presented a stack of WalMart and Ocean State Job Lot gift cards to the Veterans Services Office in North Adams City Hall.

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Clarksburg Students to Hold Gaming Fundraiser For Veterans

Clarksburg Elementary students will host "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragons" this Veterans Day to raise awareness and money for local homeless veterans through Soldier On.

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North Adams Honors Civil War Veteran, Eyewitness to Gettysburg Address

What sets Atwood apart from the many others lying next to him in Hill Side Cemetery are three remarkable minutes in his largely unremarkable life. Atwood probably didn't think much of those three minutes at the time; most of his contemporaries didn't either. And even the individual who spoke during those three minutes thought "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here."

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Veterans Rucking Across The State For Suicide Awareness

On average 20 veterans a day commit suicide. "Veterans are about 6 percent of the population but they are 20 percent of the suicide rate right now. That is something we as a community, we as veterans, we as active service members, can all work on to help those veterans as they transition back into this very strange life," said Darren Bean, the president of the Warrior Thunder Foundation, a non-profit organization who focus on helping veterans from even getting to that point.

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State Senate Approves Expanding Veterans Tax Write Off Program

The state Senate wants to give veterans the ability to "work off" more of their tax bills through community service. The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to increase the amount veterans can work off from $1,000 to $1,500 in workoff programs.

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Berkshire Health Systems, Soldier On Team Up for Wellness Workshop

The next workshop, Thrive, will be offered on Wednesday, June 8, at 5 p.m. in the dining room on the Soldier On campus at 360 West Housatonic St. in Pittsfield.

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North Adams Seeking Names of Veterans from War on Terror

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of names on the Veterans Memorial Wall of men and women from North Adams who served in the nation's wars dating back to World War I. But city officials know there are a lot names missing from its more recent conflicts.

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World War 2 Veteran Shares His Story With Reid Students

It was like pins and needles. That's what Bill Weigle, a World War 2 pilot, told the Reid Middle School eighth-grade class of his flights during the war. He never knew when or if a German fighter would appear near him and shoot him down. "I did not come here to tell you I'm a hero because I'm not. But we were on pins and needles the whole time," Weigle said.

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Vietnam Veterans Honored In Pittsfield Ceremony

The war may be long over but Vietnam veterans are still tasked with a duty of making sure no other veterans return home to face the same fight for benefits they endured. Scott Gagnon served as both he commander of the Dalton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and as the Massachusetts Veterans of Foreign Wars assistance service officer for Western Massachusetts. He knows well the fight Vietnam veterans have endured in just trying to secure proper medical care.

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Pittsfield Welcomes Serviceman Back From 5th Deployment

As soon as they saw the sirens coming down Wendell Avenue, the large crowd erupted in cheers: Tech Sgt Shane Willis is home safe. Willis returned to his hometown Friday night after his fifth deployment overseas. He was most recently stationed for seven months in Kuwait. He was previously deployed in Iraq three times and Afghanistan once. The 37-year-old Taconic High School graduate has been in the Air Force Reserve for 15 years now, joining when he was 22.

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American Legion Riders Host Appreciation Event for Law Enforcement

The departments were presented with plaques that thanked them "for their unwavering continuous service and support to all within the community." State Police Maj. Barry J. O'Brien, commanding officer of Troop B, was given a certificate of appreciation for contributing to the "advancement of the American Legion programs and activities dedicated to God and Country."

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Court Employees Contribute to North Berkshire Veterans

Bags and boxes of canned and boxed foods, quilts, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves, and a thick envelope full of gift certificates were delivered to the Veterans' Office on Wednesday morning from the local court system, thanks to Bonnie Fachini and Tori Wilhelm of the Probation Department.

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Pittsfield Observes Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

It was on this day 75 years ago when Roman Sadlowski and Edward Burns, both hailing from Pittsfield, were killed during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. That morning, December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States naval base near Hawaii, killing thousands and sinking battleships. The attack brought the United States into World War 2, with thousands of citizens, dubbed the greatest generation, took up arms to defend the country.

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Salvation Army Donates Hundreds of Winter Coats to North Berkshire Vets

The Veterans Services Office on Tuesday took delivery of nearly 30 bags fillled with warm coats for local veterans. The donation came courtesy of the Salvation Army and was prompted by a chance meeting between office assistant Tina Samson and Capt. Katherine Corno of the local Salvation Army post.

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Adams Veterans Cemetery Only For Veterans

The Cemetery Commission has agreed that the veterans section in Bellevue Cemetery will remain veterans only no spouses allowed. "I was up there and I was reading a lot of those names and a lot of those people have been up there for years," he said. "I don't care if we had 20 acres, and personally, for me, it's hallowed ground and I am against it."

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Clarksburg Rededicates Town Honor Roll on Veterans Day

On Friday morning, a small group of townspeople and veterans gathered again for a short dedication observing Veterans Day and the newly refurbished Town Hall facade, largely done by McCann Technical School, that prominently features the American flag-stye honor roll.

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Pittsfield, Williamstown, North Adams Mark Veterans Day

"There are dozens of ways to show your support to our nation's heroes and their family members left behind mowing a lawn, raking some leaves, shoveling a sidewalk, and other great acts of kindness to reduce the burden of the separation," Clark said, adding that for those who are currently away in the military it would give them peace of mind knowing their families have support at home.

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Lanesborough Elementary to Veterans: Breakfast Is On Us

The kindergarten class led the way, the preschoolers followed them, with flags held high and teachers reminding them not to let it hit the ground. The stood in the cafeteria and looked over a crowd of some 75 armed service veterans and began singing patriotic songs. When they finished, they had handmade cards of thanks to give to each and every one who attended. Meanwhile, the third graders were going from table to table asking, "would you like more coffee, sir?" The first-graders were

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Kiwanis' Park of Honor Program Continues to Grow

The Park of Honor keeps growing. In its third year, the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield has gotten even more flag sponsors and has filled Park Square and even expanded to a park in Sheffield. The organization has sold more than 740 flags in honor of veterans, the profits of which will go to college scholarships for children and grandchildren of veterans.

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