North Adams observed Memorial Day with the traditional parade from American Legion Post 125 to the Veterans Memorial with police and fire vehicles, veterans organizations, Boy and Girl Scouts and the Drury High School marching band.
In World War 2, Lt. John Fox was directing the fire as the Americans were under attack from the Germans.
He kept changing the directions as to where to fire until he called for heavy firing directly on his location.
Town Administrator Carl McKinney said it was imperative for a democracy to have leaders who are truthful — that the endeavors they embark upon that put our nation's treasure in the line of fire be "necessary and noble." Questioning is an American trait, he said, and we are obliged to determine if our leaders are "straight shooters" because we entrust them with great power.
War is expensive.
In the Civil War is cost the United States the lives of 500,000; in World War 1, 117,000; World War 2, 406,000; Korean War 54,000; Vietnam, 90,0000; the Persian Gulf, 1,948; and in the war on terror more than 7,000.
Guest speaker James Canavan, a Coast Guard and Navy veteran, reminded the assembly in the school's cafetorium that some 37,000 Massachusetts residents had given their lives over the years "so that we can do things like we're doing here today."