North Adams 2012 Veterans Day Program Planned

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Last year's Veterans Day parade. See more pictures here.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams will observe Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, with a parade and ceremony.

The parade will form and start from the American Legion at 91 American Legion Drive promptly at 10:40 a.m. and move north on American Legion Drive, east on Main Street, north on Eagle Street and continue on to the Veterans Memorial, where the ceremony will take place.

Immediately following the ceremony the VFW of North Adams, located at 573 Mohawk Trail, will host a lunch. All are invited to attend.

All veterans are invited to participate in the parade, even if they are not affiliated with any formal veterans associations. Coffee and doughnuts will be available to participants starting at 9:30 and all who wish to march are requested to be in the American Legion parking no later than 10 a.m.

American Legion Post 125 Cmdr. Dennis St. Pierre will act as master of ceremonies and Larry Connors, past state commander, will give the keynote address.

"This event is a great opportunity for our community to both recognize and thank all women and men who have given so much to protect our freedom," said Mayor Richard Alcombright. "Our local veterans put together a wonderful parade and ceremony and I hope many will join in this celebration."

Because Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, City Hall, the Public Library and the Council on Aging will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the holiday.

The parade lineup and program are as follows:

Line of March

1.      Police Cruiser
2.      Color Guards:
a.      Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 996
b.      American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 100
c.       American Legion Post 125
d.      Sons of the American Legion Squadron 125
3.      Firing Squad; Detachment 1, 379th Engineer Company (Horiz) , Mass. Army National Guard
4.      Commanders of Veterans Organizations; Alan Domenichini, VFW; Dennis St. Pierre, American Legion; Michael Chalifoux, VVA; Louis Floriani, AMVETS
5.      Larry Connors, Mayor Richard Alcombright, James Army and Joseph Cariddi
6.      Any and all veterans who wish to participate 
7.      Auxiliaries:
a.      Linda Lemieux, VFW
b.      Gail Nelson, American Legion
c.      Diane Floriani, AMVETS
8.    American Legion Riders
9.    Drury High School Band, Chris Caproni, Director
10.  Trolley transporting veterans
11.  North Adams Ambulance
12.  North Adams Fire Department Ladder 2


Master of Ceremonies, American Legion Post 125 Cmdr. Dennis St. Pierre
Pledge of Allegiance: John LeClair, 2012 American Legion Boys State
Musical Selection: Drury Band, "Star-Spangled Banner"
Opening Prayer, American Legion Chaplain Louis Floriani
Placing of the wreath by William Schrade and Mike Chalifoux

Mayor Richard Alcombright
Introduction of active duty military personnel and commanders/presidents
Musical Selection: Armed Forces Medley
Keynote Speaker: Larry Connors, past state commander, American Legion
Closing Prayer, American Legion Chaplain Louis Floriani

Firing Squad; Detachment 1, 379th Engineer Company (Horiz), Mass. Army National Guard
Taps: Matt Scanlon and James Montgomery

Special thanks to David Tarsa and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 125 for the flags given out at the ceremony
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