Memorial Day Events 2016

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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 30, unless otherwise noted. Holiday closings can be found here.

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. Children wishing to ride their bikes in the parade should meet at the Rite Aide parking lot at 9:45 a.m. to join the end of the parade.

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. Nessacus Middle School Band and the  Becket Praise Team will perform.

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. 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.

The VFW color guard will host a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. (note time change) in front of Town Hall. Coffee and refreshments will follow in the Ketchum Meeting Room at 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.

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. 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 29. 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 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 Rachel Branch, North Adams native and former secretary to the chief of information at Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya.

The Gettysburg Address will be given by Abby Kate Caproni, daughter of Christopher and Pamela Caproni, 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.

Parade cancelled, ceremony is scheduled to begin approximately at 9:30 a.m. at Morningside Elementary School;  Director of Veteran Services: James H. Clark will provide opening remarks, and the keynote address will be delivered by Mayor Linda M. Tyer.

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 will be in attendance.

Poppies will be placed in the urn for each veterans name read by all Berkshire Veterans Coalition commanders or their representatives. The Rev. Peter Gregory will read the names of veterans who have passed from 2015-2016.

Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. at Sandisfield Road and ends at the Firehouse with food and entertainment.

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. Bagpiper Eric Goodchild will lead the march and William Conklin will play taps at the conclusion of the ceremony. 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 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. Veterans needing a ride are to meet at the Post at 9:30 a.m 

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