How to celebrate Memorial Day in 2022

  • Pioneer Valley Regional School senior Lucy Koester plants geraniums at the graves of veterans at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northfield on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • Pioneer Valley Regional School students and alumni plant geraniums at the graves of veterans at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northfield on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • Pioneer Valley Regional School students and alumni plant geraniums at the graves of veterans at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northfield on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • Pioneer Valley Regional School senior Lucy Koester plants geraniums at the graves of veterans at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northfield on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • Pioneer Valley Regional School alumna Celina Balzer, Class of 2020, plants geraniums at the graves of veterans at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northfield on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • Veterans John Paciorek and Matthew Jakutowicz talk and answer questions about their service at Deerfield Elementary School on Thursday. Seated on stage are Deerfield Memorial Day Committee members Sharyn Paciorek, John’s wife, and Elsie Kolokoski. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Students Nora Sloan and Elisa Brown recite Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by memory at Deerfield Elementary School on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • John Cycz of the Deerfield Memorial Day Committee welcomes students at Deerfield Elementary School, giving them a talk on Memorial Day and flag etiquette on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 5/26/2022 4:38:47 PM
Athol

Commanders of local service organizations will hold flag raising and wreath laying ceremonies at the following locations: VVA Park on Starrett Avenue at 9:15 a.m.; Phillips Park, across from the Uptown Common, at 9:30 a.m.; the Veterans of Foreign Wars Park, adjacent to the YMCA, at 9:45 a.m.; and Silver Lake Cemetery by the flagpole at 10 a.m. The final ceremony at Athol Veterans Park will begin at 10:40 a.m. and will include an opening prayer, flag raising, the National Anthem, saluting the flag, Town Manager Shaun Suhoski as the guest speaker, a wreath placement, a gun salute, the playing of taps and a closing prayer. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Town Hall at 11 a.m.

Bernardston

The parade will kick off from the Falltown Grill (formerly the Four Leaf Clover Restaurant) on South Street on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. and proceed to Center Cemetery. The program will feature music from the Pioneer Valley Regional School and Bernardston Elementary School bands. The Falltown String Band will also perform. The keynote speaker will be Barry Deitz. After the program, the Bernardston Vets Club on Hartwell Street will serve hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage grinders. The Marine Corps League Oak Ridge Detachment will host a barbecue in Cushman Park in the afternoon.

Colrain

A short march from the Adamsville Road bridge to West Branch Ceremony will start at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30. A ceremony will be held in the cemetery.

Deerfield

The town will observe Memorial Day with a ceremony on the common in South Deerfield on Monday, May 30, starting at 8:45 a.m. Following the ceremony, a procession of veterans and emergency vehicles will be escorted to the Brookside, St. Stanislaus, Holy Name of Jesus and Sugarloaf cemeteries for brief ceremonies, including prayer, military salute and echo taps. Refreshments will be served at the South County Senior Center after the ceremonies.

Erving

Selectboard Chair Jacob Smith said while Erving did not organize a parade or other public gathering this year due to the pandemic, the Selectboard, fire chief and police chief will lower flags around town starting at about 10 a.m. on Monday. They will do so by Town Hall before heading to Center Cemetery and Veterans Memorial Park and Field. Commemoration will conclude with the laying of wreaths at the Bridge Street bridge leading into Millers Falls.

Gill

The Gill Memorial Committee has invited residents to attend a Memorial Day service at the First Congregational Church at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 29. After the service, a rose ceremony will be held at the veterans’ monuments.

Greenfield

The parade will kick off on Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. starting from Greenfield Middle School and will end at the Veterans Mall on Main Street. The parade will proceed south on Federal Street to the Federal Street Cemetery to honor members of the military who died in the Revolutionary War. The procession will then continue south on Federal Street, turn east on Church Street, turn south on Franklin Street and turn west on Main Street, making a stop at the Greenfield Public Library to honor members of the military who died in the Spanish-American War. From there, the parade will make its way to the common to honor veterans who died in the Civil War. The procession will then continue west on Main Street to the Veterans Mall to honor those who died in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.

The ceremony at the Veterans Mall at 10:45 a.m. will include remarks by Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District Director Timothy Niejadlik, Fr. Valentine Nworah of the Catholic Community of Greenfield and local resident Channing L. Bete Jr., who was exposed to radiation during the Cold War. The ceremony will also include prayers, music by the Greenfield High School Marching Band and a tribute to Greenfield native George Duncan Wells, who was killed in the Civil War.

Leyden

Flags will be placed at South Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. There will also be a brief memorial service on the common starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

Montague Center

The Montague Center Fire Association will commemorate those who served with a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, on the common. There will be a salute for veterans and a playing of taps.

Northfield

The Northfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9874 is sponsoring a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30. The parade will form at the Trinitarian Congregational Church at 9:30 a.m., with a start time of 10 a.m. The parade will stop at Mill Brook to lay a wreath in commemoration of Navy veterans; at Pentecost Cemetery for a short speech, firing and taps; at Northfield Elementary School where there is a Civil War memorial; and at Town Hall’s war memorial for the laying of a wreath.

Orange

Volunteers are invited to meet at American Legion Post 172 at 40 Daniel Shays Highway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, for Memorial Day services. Volunteers will proceed in two groups to South and Central cemeteries to decorate each veteran’s grave with a small American flag.

On Sunday, May 29, Legion members will meet at the Orange Fire Station at 8:30 a.m. They will proceed to the following locations for each service: West Orange Cemetery, 9 a.m.; Holtshire Road Cemetery (near Lake Mattawa), 9:20 a.m.; South Cemetery, 9:40 a.m.; and the Millers River near the Fire Department building, 10:30 a.m.

On Monday, May 30, meet at the Orange Fire Station in the center of Orange at 7:30 a.m. People will then proceed to the following places for each service: Jones Cemetery, 8 a.m.; North Orange Cemetery, 8:20 a.m.; and Tully Cemetery, 9 a.m. (There will be no marching this year.) Following the service at the Tully Cemetery, people will proceed to the Fire Station in Tully for refreshments at 11 a.m. There will also be an extended service at Veterans Memorial Park starting at 11 a.m.

Shelburne Falls

The Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8503, will be held on Monday, May 30. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. in front of McCusker’s Market on State Street, and will continue over the Iron Bridge, stopping for a wreath laying ceremony for soldiers and sailors. The parade will then continue to the Arms Cemetery for a ceremony by the Civil War monument. Speakers will include Master of Ceremonies Jackie Goodman, Town Clerk Joe Judd, state Rep. Natalie Blais, veteran John Chadwick and the Rev. William Lunney of St. Joseph’s Parish. Kevin Hollister will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Shelburne Falls Military Band will perform “America the Beautiful.”

Sunderland

The town’s Memorial Day Parade will be held Friday, May 27, following a 6 p.m. ceremony at the veterans memorial in front of the Town Offices. The parade will go down South Main Street to Riverside Cemetery. At the cemetery, a wreath will be placed and the flag will be lowered to half staff by local veterans. The Rev. Randy Calvo of the First Congregational Church will deliver an invocation, and Frontier Regional School students will read the Gettysburg Address and “In Flanders Fields.” A roll call of the 19 Sunderland residents who died during wartime from the French and Indian War through present day will be followed by a gun salute and taps. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295 will serve as the honor guard. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the Sunderland Elementary School gymnasium.

Turners Falls

Army veteran and vice chair of Montague’s Soldiers Memorial Committee John Murphy will speak at Soldiers Memorial Park during a 10:30 a.m. ceremony on Monday, May 30. There will be a salute for veterans, a playing of taps and a laying of wreaths.

Whately

A Memorial Day Parade will be hosted on Sunday, May 29, at the Whately Congregational Church, 177 Chestnut Plain Road, at 11 a.m. The parade will make its way through Center Cemetery and loop back to Veteran’s Memorial Park where the town will hold a ceremony.


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