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The Mount Greylock band marched and performed the National Anthem and Taps.

Lanesborough Honors Memorial Day With Parade, Ceremony

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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Andrew Gibson was the keynote speaker. More photos can be found here.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — 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. 
"When told this, Fox simple confirmed that he knew what he was doing by saying fire it. Those salvos stopped the Germans in their tracks, gave the Americans a chance to counter-attack and retake the town," said Andrew Gibson, a history teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School. 
Fox's body was found alongside hundreds of German soldiers and weapons, Gibson said. During the Civil War Thomas Plunkett was the color bearer, directing his unit into battle. The bearer led the way and soldier would follow their flag.
"A cannon blast took away both of Plunkett's arms and wounded him in the chest but he didn't stop. He pressed that flag tight against his chest and his heart with what remained of his arms to keep the line moving forward with him in the lead until he fainted from loss of blood," Gibson said.
Those two stories are just two examples of thousands of similar tales throughout history, Gibson said as he provided the keynote address at the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony. 
The holiday recognizes those who died while serving in the armed forces. Gibson said their sacrifices are protect freedom and the land of opportunity.
"Our freedom to live our lives as we conceive them with minimal interference, this is precious because it is so rare," he said.
Selectman Robert Ericson reflected on the number of soldiers who perished. He reflected on being a parent, raising a child, and then eventually the child growing up and moving on. For some, though, they join the military and never return. Ericson said life moves on without them but he said the community must always remember their sacrifices.
"Today we honor all of these loses and sacrifice of our loved ones," he said.
The parade started at the Old Forge at 2 p.m. and traveled down Main Street to the cemetery. The parade features the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Lanesborough American Legion, Lanesborough, and Hancock Fire Departments, Lanesborough Police, the Shriners, youth spot teams,  the Mount Greylock Regional High School band, the Sheriff's Office, Council on Aging, and the Agricultural Council.
Donald "Digger" Clairmont was the grand marshall. The 90-year-old Clairmont had been the highway superintendent for 37 years before retiring. He also served as the assistant fire chief and then worked part-time with the Police Department.
The ceremony included speeches, the laying of a wreath by Liam Seddon, prayer led by Rev. Noreen Suriner, Taps and the National Anthem played by the Mount Greylock Regional High School band, and rifle salute by the Dalton Rifle Team. The ceremony was emceed by Robert Reilly.

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Berkshire Mantiques Owner Aims to Create Lanesborough 'Destination'

By Joe DurwiniBerkshires Staff

Prince will be hosting live performances throughout the summer.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — After surviving cancer and then a layoff, Joe Prince decided to follow his own star and start a business. He could not have predicted a worldwide pandemic would strike almost immediately after he did so.
"We were in there just a couple of weeks before COVID came along and shut us down," Prince told iBerkshires of his first, short-lived shop opened in Cheshire in early 2020.
After struggling to reopen and make it work at his first location for a few months, he switched gears and went bigger, one town over.
Restructuring from his 1,300 square-foot Cheshire store, Prince moved his Berkshire Mantiques to a 7,000 square-foot space along Lanesborough's Route 7 corridor. What's more, he leased the entire five-building, 2.5 acre property in which it's situated, and since November has quickly gone about filling it with more businesses and special events to create an entertainment venue component.
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