A few hundred people braved Saturday's bitter cold for the dedication of a plaque and stone in his honor at the North Adams Armory Center. DeMarsico's life was cut short in 2012 during a patrol in Afghanistan. He was walking point along the road, searching for improvised explosive devices.
With temperatures in the teens Saturday morning, the city of Pittsfield honored veterans of all wars with a parade and ceremony.
At 10 a.m. marchers and vehicles left City Hall and proceeded down North Street, onto South Street, and concluded at the Veterans Memorial on South Street.
DeMarsico, 20, was killed five years ago by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan. His death prompted an outpouring of grief from the community over the loss of the young sports enthusiast and Drury High graduate.
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.
The eagle which sat perched on the top of the flag pole lost a wing. But, thanks to Taconic High School students, it is ready to soar again.
It was at a Veterans Day ceremony two years ago when City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo looked up and saw something was off. Veterans Service Office James Clark took out some binoculars and sure enough, the eagle only had one wing.
If there was a simple message for the youngsters at Brayton Elementary School on Friday, it was this: Remembrance isn't just for Memorial Day.
Marie McCarron's fourth-grade class this year took up the mantle from the former Sullivan School, which held a pre-Memorial Day celebration every year organized by Anna Saldo-Burke and her third-grade class.
The entire school, veterans organizations, local officials and the Richard A. Ruether Post 152 American Legion color guard filled the auditoriu
In the decade-long Vietnam War 58,000 people died and 27 of those were from Berkshire County.
On Saturday local veterans groups honored those 27 and all of those who went overseas during that conflict. The local chapters of the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars held the hour-long event in Park Square, where the city's Vietnam War memorial has stood for the last 30 years.