Residents Welcomed To Honor Fallen Soldier

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Residents are encouraged to line the streets to welcome home Michael DeMarsico, who was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

The soldier's family released on Friday the itinerary for the funeral.

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, at approximately 12:30 p.m. a motorcade carrying DeMarsico will arrive via Route 2 and the stop briefly at Veterans Memorial Park on its way to Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals' West Chapels.

All are encouraged to line the streets to welcome him home. Parking at the funeral home will not be available to anybody except family and the motorcade.

On Friday, Aug. 31, there will be calling hours at the West Main Street funeral home from 2 until 7 p.m.


On Saturday, Sept. 1, the funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at the First Baptist Church on Main Street. The procession will go travel east on West Main Street to the church and then from the church north on Eagle Street to Route 2, to Holden Street, to American Legion Drive, to Ashland Street and end at Southview Cemetery.

There will be a reception immediately following the services at the St. Elizabeth's Parish Center on St. Anthony Drive.

The city will be detouring traffic along the procession routes and there may be heavy congestion along the alternative routes.

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