Area plans many events for Memorial Day
Rows of fresh flowers extend in front of a handmade American flag sign in Cushman Park on Tuesday, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Bernardston. Member Russ Deane made the sign and was among Kiwanis members helping plant a new design in honor of Memorial Day.
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Throughout Franklin County, there will be many events and services this weekend commemorate Memorial Day and honor fallen servicemen and women. Among them:
An informal parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday with a ceremony at Town Hall, 412 Main St., then proceed up Main Street to the Ashfield Plain Cemetery for a second ceremony honoring veterans. At 11:30 a.m., the procession will return to the Town Hall area for the Lions Club chicken barbecue across the street at the First Congregational Church.
A parade leaves the parking lot of the Four Leaf Clover Restaurant, 19 South St., at 10 a.m., on Monday ending at the Center Cemetery. Following the ceremony, the Bernardston Veterans Club will host a chicken barbecue beginning around 11 a.m. at the 16 Hartwell St. club. Performances by the Pioneer Valley Regional School Band and the Falltown String Band.
The annual “Hat and Sock” parade will step off at 8 a.m. on Monday from Upper Street, proceed through the cemeteries and end at the Veterans Memorial, in front of the Buckland Historical Society museum. The parade name comes from an old joke that the only part of a veteran’s uniform that still fits are the hat and the socks.
At 10 a.m. on Monday the Colrain Memorial Day ceremony will begin with a parade that will step off from the back of West Branch Cemetery. It will follow the roads around the cemetery to the bridge over West Branch River. A ceremony will be conducted on the bridge. The parade will continue on to the cemetery. The Mohawk Trail Regional Middle School band will perform.
A Memorial Day parade will kick off at 8:20 a.m. Monday at Frontier Regional School. A ceremony will follow on the town common at 8:35 a.m. The Frontier Regional School Band and Deerfield Elementary School Choir will perform. There will be a brief ceremony at several town cemeteries following.
At 11:15 a.m., a ceremony will be held at Deerfield Academy in Old Deerfield.
The Memorial Day parade will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday from the Renovator’s Supply parking lot. The parade will continue to Veterans Field for a ceremony.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday in the First Congregational Church of Gill. It will be followed by a ceremony at the Veterans Monuments. Gill veterans in attendance will receive a free Gill veteran baseball cap.
A parade will leave the Middle School parking lot on Federal Street at 10 a.m. on Monday. The procession will stop at the Federal Street Cemetery to honor those killed in the Revolutionary War, then east on Church Street, south on Franklin and west on Main Street. The parade ends at the Veterans Memorial Mall for services honoring the dead of the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam.
Volunteers will meet at the South Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Sunday to renew the veterans’ flags at the various town cemeteries. On Monday, there will be a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. on the Town Common.
A service is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on Sunday at the village green in Montague Center at 4 North St. to honor veterans.
It is sponsored by the Montague Center Fire Relief Association.
A parade will leave the Trinitarian Congregational Church on Main Street at 10 a.m. on Monday. The parade will continue on to the Pentecost Cemetery, where there will be a salute. The parade will conclude at the war memorial by Town Hall at 69 Main St.
An observance will be held on Sunday at the Water Street Fire Station at 8:30 a.m., proceed to the several town cemeteries. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a program at the Central Cemetery. On Monday, services will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Water Street fire station. A parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from the post office, proceed up North Main Street, to East Main Street, to Water Street and onto Memorial Park.
A Memorial Day service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Rowe Veterans War Memorial at 321 Zoar Road. It will include patriotic songs, reading of the roster and historic poems, a military gun salute and planting of flowers at the memorial.
A parade is scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. near the Second Street intersection on Avenue A. It will kick off at 10:15 a.m. and proceed up the main avenue to finish at the memorial park by the Carnegie Library for a 10:30 ceremony.
At 10 a.m., a Memorial Day service is scheduled for Sunday at the First Congregational Church in Whately. The parade forms in front of the church marching through the Center Cemetery and ending at the town common. The American Legion/VFW will conduct services. Whately Elementary School students will sing and the Frontier Regional School Band will perform. Retired Army Maj. John Imhoff will also speak.