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Memorial Day Events 2014

By Staff Reports
09:30AM / Thursday, May 22, 2014
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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 26, unless otherwise noted. Holiday closings can be found here.

Retired Reserve Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce Shepley of Adams will deliver the featured address. He is a veteran of Iraq (2003 & 2004) and Afghanistan (2009) during his tours as a flight nurse with the 439 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base from 1982 to 2013, will deliver the featured address.

The Gettysburg Address will be delivered by junior prize speaking contest winner Kyle McMartin while eighth-grader Skylar Case will read "In Flanders 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 10 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.

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.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at Nessacus Regional Middle School from 9 to 10.

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.

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 25. 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. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal will participate in this year's parade.

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, celebrated by the Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus. 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.

Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Civello will be master of ceremonies and Army First Sgt. Jason F. Civello, a veteran of Bosnia and Afghanistan, will give the keynote address.

The Gettysburg Address will be read by Allison Zoito, daughter of Shannon and Jeremy Zoito, 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 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. Heather Patton will sing the national anthem and Matt Scanlon and Evan Johnson will play taps. 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 second ceremony.

Master of ceremonies will be Fran Tremblay, who will also read Gen. John A. Logan's Memorial Day Order; Mayor Daniel Bianchi will also make remarks.

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. 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.

Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Veterans Memorial Park with George Emmons as the speaker and the firing squad using antique guns. The parade steps off at 1 p.m. at Sandisfield Road and ends at the Firehouse with food and entertainment. Residents are invited to dress up their dogs and march.

Parade begins at 8 a.m. at the fire house and proceeds to Richmond School. Selectmen Chairman Alan Hanson will give the remarks; the invocation will be made by Rabbi Ivan Caine; Sara Rawson will lead the Pledge of Allegiance; Christopher Adams and  Siena Gamberoni will raise the flag, and Veterans Agent Rosanne Frieri will present the wreath.
Musical selections will include "All through the Night," "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "National Emblem March" by the Richmond School band under the direction of Joy Mullen, and a medley of patriotic songs by the third grade with teacher Beth Smith. Brett Smith will do the drum roll and Kyle Stasiewski and Soren Smedvig will play taps.

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 12:15 from Town Hall. Ceremonies will also conclude at Town Hall at 12:45 with keynote speaker Chet Kalm, an artist and World War II veteran, and music by Quintessential.

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. 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.

Pownal, Vt.
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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