Below is a list of this year's Memorial Day parades and ceremonies that will be updated as the information becomes available. All events are on Monday, May 27, unless otherwise noted. Holiday closings can be found here.
Army Lt. Col. Frederick Lora, an Adams native, will deliver the Memorial Address at the town's Memorial Day observances. Lora is a 19-year veteran and career military intelligence officer. He has served two combat tours of duty in Iraq and is the current Intelligence Operations branch chief at the Army's Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir, Va. Lora is a 1989 graduate of Hoosac Valley High School and graduated cum laude from Northeastern University.
President Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" will be delivered by Hoosac Valley High junior Tyler Carpenter and 8th-grader Kaylea Nocher will present "In Flander's Field."
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 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 parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at North Becket Cemetery, ending at Ballou Park for ceremonies at 11.
Parade steps off from the Senior Center 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. The Memorial Day 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.
The VFW color guard will host a memorial ceremony for veterans at 9 a.m. at the town cemetery, followed by observances at 9:30 in front of Town Hall.
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. Master of ceremonies is Thomas Callahan, speaker and marshal is chaplain John Ellis of the American Legion and VFW.
Participants include Lawrence Brothers Jr., senior vice commander of American Legion Post 155, and Arthur Filkins, commander of VFW Post 9566, aides to the parade marshal; state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru,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, Fire and Police departments, Dalton American Legion Motorcycle Riders and the Rev. Alex Hunter, pastor of First Congregational Church.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at Nessacus Regional Middle School.
Begins at 12:15 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.
Housatonic parade begins at 9 a.m. at the fire station and ends at Greenlawn Cemetery on VanDeusenville Road. Great Barrington parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Cottage Street Bridge and ends at Town Hall.
The parade will step off from the Olde Forge Restaurant at 2 on Sunday, May 26. A ceremony will take place in the Center Cemetery with light refreshments served afterward in the Community Room at Town Hall.
The parade marches from Main Street to Fairmont Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m.
The parade will begin at noon on Monday. Speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard Neal. 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.
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.
Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce Shepley will be master of ceremonies and state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, will give the keynote address.
The Gettysburg Address will be read by Billy Galipeau, son of Susan and David Galipeau, a Grade 8 student at Drury High and this year's recipient of the 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 Al Domenichini, 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 Linda Lemieux and Legion Auxiliary 125 President Gail Nelson. William Brown will sing the national anthem, Matt Scanlon and James Montgomery will play taps and Brianna Therrien will lead the pledge. David Tarsa 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 second ceremony.
Master of ceremonies will be Fran Tremblay, who will also read Gen. John A. Logan's Memorial Day Order; keynote speaker will be John Harding of the Marine Corps League. Mayor Daniel Bianchi will also make remarks, Dermot Sporbert will post the colors and the Rev. Stephen Williams will give the invocation and Rabbi Harold Salzmann the benediction.
Veterans groups representatives will place a poppy in honor of veterans who died in the past year and Vietnams Veterans of Aemrica Chapter 65 will fire a volley in memory. F. Martha Green will sing the national anthem. The parade lineup includes veterans groups, police and fire, the Pittsfield and Taconic high school bands, Boy and Girl Scouts, city officials, the Here at Home Committee, the Red Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Cadets 181st Battalion SeaBees and the sheriff's department.
The memorial day ceremony will take place at the Veteran's Memorial Park on Route 23 at 11 a.m. The parade begins at 1 p.m. downtown.
Parade begins at 8 a.m. at the fire house and proceeds to Richmond School. The school band will play and there will be patriotic songs with the third grade; Selectmen Chairman Roger Manzolini will give greetings, Rabbi Ivan Caine the invocation and Veterans Agent Rosanne Frieri will lay the wreath. In case of rain, all events will be held at the school.
The Fire Truck Parade begins at 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 116 and River Road, proceeding west on Route 116 to the fire station on Center Road. (Time from last year; parade is unconfirmed.)
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. Dewey Hall's 44-star flag will be on display in the hall beginning at 10 a.m.
Benediction, taps, firearms salute for veterans at the town and St. Joseph's cemeteries begin at 11; the parade steps off at noon from Town Hall. Ceremonies will conclude also at Town Hall at 12:30 with keynote speaker Norman Charbonneau, World War II Navy veteran, and music by Quintessential.
Potluck picnic follows on the town green; bring or drop off food to share between 11 and noon. Veterans who need a ride should contact Deb at 413-298-3434.
The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at Richard A. Ruether American Legion Post 152 at the corner of Spring and Latham streets, marching up Spring Street, onto Main Street and ending at Field Park for a ceremony.
The American Legion Pownal Post 90 holds is observance at 6:30 p.m., at the post home with speaker state Rep. William Botzow. The public is invited and a potluck dinner will follow. Auxiliaries will have poppies for donations.
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