Memorial Day Events 2017

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Below is a list of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies that will be updated as the information becomes available; only starred entries are confirmed. All events are on Monday, May 29, unless otherwise noted. Holiday closings can be found here. Please note that confirmed events are marked with an asterisk; those not marked are based on past observances. 

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Middle School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street.

The keynote speaker will be retired Army Lt. Co. John Bianchi, a 35-year military veteran who retired in 2007 after serving seven years as an enlisted man and 28 years as an officer. He served with Army National Guard and Army Reserve and his duty stations included the Pentagon and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Two Hoosac Valley High School students will recite Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the poem "In Flanders Field."

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. 

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

The Adams Historical Society hosts an exhibit of World War I material and tours of Memorial Hall from 10 a.m. to noon at the Adams Free Library. Visitors for this event should use the Park Street entrance on the left.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at North Becket Cemetery, ending at Ballou Park for ceremonies at 11. The Wahconah High School Band and the  Becket Praise Team will perform.

Parade steps off from the School Street at 1 p.m.; children wishing to ride their bikes in the parade should meet at Cheshire Elementary School at 12:30. Decorate the bikes with red, white and blue and wear a helmet. Bikers will join the parade as it passes on School Street. A ceremony will follow at the Cheshire Cemetery on West Mountain Road. Watch for traffic delays as the parade winds north on Main Street to West Mountain Road.

Peter A. Cook post 9144 and the town of Clarksburg will hold a service at 9 a.m. at Town Hall. Rachel Branch is the guest speaker. The Clarksburg School band and Clarksburg Volunteer FIre Company will be participating. Coffee and doughnuts will be served following the service. All veterans and the public are invited. 

The parade steps off at 9:30 from United Methodist Church to the Main Street Cemetery for a ceremony at the Mound of the Unknown Dead.

Participants include will include local and state officials, veterans groups, color guards from the VFW and American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies, Explorers, Nessacus Middle School band, sheriff's department honor guard, cheerleaders, and Fire and Police departments.

Begins at 12:30 p.m. at the South Egremont fire station, and the parade marches to the village green, where a short ceremony will be conducted.

The parade will begin at noon at the Adrian J. Poirot War Memorial gazebo. (This time is unconfirmed.)

*Great Barrington
Housatonic parade begins at 9 a.m. at the fire station and ends at Greenlawn Cemetery on VanDeusenville Road, with a speech by high school senior Sophia Cohen, winner of the Voice for Democracy speech. Great Barrington parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Cottage Street Bridge and ends at Town Hall with speakers.

The parade will step off from the Olde Forge Restaurant at 2 on Sunday, May 28. A ceremony will take place in the Village Cemetery with light refreshments served afterward in the Community Room at Town Hall. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

The Lee Historical Society presents a guided tour of veterans graves at Fairmount Cemetery on Fuller Street, Friday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Memorial Day observances. Free and open to the public.

The parade will begin at noon on Monday. Any veterans wishing to march should be at the Church on the Hill by 11:45. Veterans who may need a ride can contact Sean Ward at 413-822-4343.

Lenox Dale
The parade sponsored by the Lenox Dale Fire Company will begin at 8 a.m.  Veterans Memorial Park on Walker Street and will proceed to St. Vincent dePaul Church for a Mass for deceased and living veterans at 8:30. The parade will then continue through the village back to the park where concluding services will be held. 

*North Adams
Parade starts promptly at 9:30 at the American Legion and marches to the Veterans Memorial, where the ceremony will take place. In the event of rain the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion.

Past Comdr. Dennis St. Pierre of American Legion Post 125 will be master of ceremonies and the keynote speaker will be Vice Cmdr. Jodie Pajak of the Massachusetts American Legion.

The Gettysburg Address will be given by Megan Gamache-Nehring, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Bellows and Phyllis Gamache, a Grade 8 student at Drury High School and the recipient of the annual George Angeli Award.

Parade participants include Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 996, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 54, American Veterans Post 100, American Legion Post 125, Sons of the American Legion Post 125, U.S. Navy Armed Guard Association, city officials including Mayor Richard Alcombright, North Adams Fire Department Ladder 2, Drury High School band, Boy and Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies, the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS auxiliaries, the North Adams Trolley, North Adams Ambulance Service and any member of the military past or present who wishes.

Parade marshals are Luis Beveraggi, VFW; Dennis St. Pierre, American Legion; Michael Chalifoux, VVA,and Louis Floriani, AMVETS. Also participating are Parade Coordinator Joseph Cariddi, Memorial Day Committee Chairman Mark Sprague, VFW Auxiliary President Joanne Risch and Legion Auxiliary 125 President Gail Nelson. The Drury High School band will play the national anthem and "Let There Be Peace on Earth," and Brian Christian and Ben LaForest will play taps and echo. Ted Wilhelm and the Sons of The American Legion will pass out flags.

The parade begins at 9, proceeding from City Hall to Fenn to North and Wahconah streets, then to Pittsfield Cemetery, where there will be a ceremony about 10.

Mayor Linda Tyer will give the opening remarks, followed by keynote speaker Lou Robesch, commander of Marine Corps League Detachment 137. The event will include a reading of the names of the nearly 150 Pittsfield veterans who passed away over the last year.

In addition to the Berkshire Veterans Coalition, the day’s events will include a host of volunteers, high school marching bands, Scout troops, Pittsfield Public School students and families, color guards, honor guards, and members of the City Council.

In case of inclement weather, the exercises will begin at 10 a.m. at Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.. Stay tuned to local radio stations and PCTV for information pertaining to weather-related updates.-

Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, followed by refreshments at the pavilion.

Parade begins at 8 a.m. at the fire house and proceeds to Richmond School for a special 250th anniversary remembrance with the school band.

March begins from the village green in Ashley Falls at 8 a.m. with observances at the Clayton Road cemetery; refreshments to follow at Trinity United Methodist Church. In case of rain, the ceremony will be inside the church.

Before and after the parade, the Sheffield Historical Society will scan and archive any items (letters, images, papers) of local veterans from the Revolutionary War through today as a record for future researchers. The scanning will be done at the Mark Dewey Research Center; items will be returned and the society will archive the digital copy.

Benediction, taps, firearms salute for veterans at the town and St. Joseph's cemeteries begin at 11; the parade steps off at 12:15 from Town Hall. Ceremonies will also conclude at old Town Hall at 12:45 with guest and student speakers and music by the Berkshire Hills Chorus. Veterans who need a ride should contact Deb at 413-298-3434.

Potluck picnic follows on the town green; bring or drop off food to share between 11 and noon. Hot dogs and soda will be provided; food donations needed, contact Tim Minkler at 413-644-3590.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Spring and Latham streets, marching up Spring Street, onto Main Street and ending at Field Park for a ceremony with guest speaker retired Army Col. James J. Brosnan. Veterans needing a ride are to meet at the Post at 9:30 a.m.

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