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Deerfield to recognize Memorial Day in private ceremonies

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Staff Writer
Published: 5/22/2020 10:20:09 AM
Modified: 5/22/2020 10:19:57 AM

DEERFIELD — Memorial Day will be recognized a little differently in Deerfield this year, organizers say.

The parade and ceremony on the town common traditionally held on Memorial Day have been replaced with a private ceremony at four cemeteries in town, according to John Cycz, chair of the Deerfield Memorial Day Committee. The ceremonies on Monday, May 25, will include a prayer, a three-volley military salute and taps by the veterans of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295.

The four cemeteries are Brookside Cemetery on North Main Street, Saint Stanislaus Cemetery on Boron Avenue, Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery on West Street and Laurel Hill Cemetery on Pine Nook Road.

In compliance with COVID-19-related restrictions on gathering size, the ceremonies will not be open to the public, Cycz noted.

“We hope that everyone will take some time on Monday to, in one way or another, honor our fallen veterans,” he said.

In addition to the short, private ceremonies, veterans and other volunteers have placed flags on the graves of veterans, and the South Deerfield Fire Department plans to decorate the streets with flags in advance of the holiday.

“We will also be decorating our veteran Killed in Action street signs … to add some color and awareness for Memorial Day,” Cycz said.

There are 24 known veterans that lost their lives in combat, he added.

“We’re basically doing everything that we can do within the confines of federal and state regulations,” Cycz said.

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263. Twitter: @MaryEByrne




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