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Warren Williamson, executive director of Fallen Soldiers, show the plaque to be presented Michael DeMarsico II parents in honor of his service.
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DeMarsico is one of 68 veterans the group is honoring during its 13th annual Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride, which started in Oregon on July 9 and will end at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 7.
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North Adams Police Department escorted the riders to the Veterans Circle at Southview Cemetery on Wednesday.
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The memorial torch, which will kept lit for the entire trip, represents the life and sacrifices of all the service members the group has honored.

Tribute to Fallen Soliders Honors Michael DeMarsico II

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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The family was also able to write a message on an American flag, which the group will put on display at Arlington National Cemetery at the end of the ride.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Department escorted Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest, which travels across the country to honor veterans, to Southview Cemetery on Wednesday morning in memory of Army Spc. Michael R. DeMarsico II.

 

"It was Michael's dream to serve his country and he did it admirably," said Warren Williamson, executive director for group. "He was extremely proud to wear the uniform of the United States Army ... We as everyday Americans will always be grateful for your fallen hero's sacrifice." 

 

DeMarsico, 20, was killed nearly 10 years ago by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan, which prompted an outpouring of grief from the community over the loss of the young sports enthusiast and Drury High graduate. He is one of 68 veterans the group is honoring during its 13th annual Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride, which started in Oregon on July 9 and will end in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Aug. 7. 

 

"That has always been our core mission. When we started this journey 13 years ago, it was to visit families like yours, who have suffered such a great loss and devastation," Williamson said to the DeMarsico family. 

 

The group presented the DeMarsicos with a plaque, a portrait of Michael, and a vest patch honoring him and his service. Lisa DeMarsico, Michael's mother, expressed gratitude to the group for its purpose and the time it took to honor her son. 

 

"I remember being asked what my one wish was at Michael's service. My one wish was that he would never be forgotten," she said. "When we're gone, his stone will stand, but would his memory? You ensured to us that that will happen. Thank you so much." 

 

The family was also able to write a message on an American flag, which the group will put on display in Arlington at the end of the ride. A memorial torch, in a mobile cart, will be kept lighted for the entire trip to represent the life and sacrifices of all the service members the group has honored. 

 

"While we sleep at night, the folks at the Elks Lodge (in Albany, N.Y.) last night, they did three-hour shifts. There was new people out there all night guarding the flame," Williamson said. "Just sitting there and guarding the flame, so no one messes with it. It's really, really, heartwarming to see that kind of support for what we do." 

 

All of the service members the group is honoring are veterans of conflicts from the last two decades, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. 

 

"For us, it doesn't matter what the incident was. They signed on the dotted line, they raised their hand and said we would serve, we would protect your freedoms," Williamson said. 


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Weekend Outlook For Aug. 11-14

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

Berkshire County has a variety of events this warm sunny weekend including festivals, guided meditation, tag sales, and more. 

 

Naumkeag at Night

Naumkeag, Stockbridge

Start your weekend off early with a night of live music Thursday at the beautiful Naumkeag, starting at 5 p.m. 

Enjoy light refreshments from the outdoor snack shack while listening to music by Afropop group Kina Zoré. 

Check in starts at 5 p.m. and the concert at 6. Admittance will not be permitted before or after these times. 

Tickets cost $9 for adult members and are free for child members. Adult non-members will be charged $15 and tickets for children without membership cost $5. 

More information here.

 

Mindfulness Meditation at Naumkeag

Naumkeag, Stockbridge 

Continue your weekend at Naumkeag with its guided meditation led by local meditation teacher Sandrine Harris this Friday.

Participants are required to wear comfortable clothes and need to bring their own yoga mat, blanket, or chair. 

Tickets are $12 for members or $20 for non-members. Registration is required. The class starts at 4 p.m. so participants have to arrive early to park and walk to the gardens. Admittance will not be permitted after 4. 

More information here

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