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Veterans to be honored around county


Friday, November 09, 2018

A variety of events have been planned to commemorate Veterans Day this weekend around Franklin County. Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of WWI. Among planned events:

Greenfield

The city of Greenfield has scheduled its annual Veterans Day Parade for this Sunday. The parade will form in the Greenfield Middle School parking lot off Federal Street at 9:30 a.m. and will step off at 10 a.m. The route will go south on Federal Street, west on Main Street to the Veterans Memorial Mall where ceremonies will be held. The Greenfield High School Band will march and provide patriotic music. The ceremony concludes with a short speech and laying of a wreath.

Also, local peace activists have planned an event in honor of this 100th WWI anniversary, and to give gratitude to all veterans. There will be a free showing of the film “Grand Illusion” by French Director Jean Renoir on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in All Soul’s Unitarian Church (Hope Street entrance). It is an absorbing tale of prisoners of war, and reveals that significant borders are not those between countries, races, religions, sexes or ages but perhaps, those between classes. In a sense it is a call to weigh friendship and good company over nationalism, and for all people to be accepted as comrades. Refreshments will be available. It is sponsored by the Peace Committee of the Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, the Social Justice Committee at All Soul’s Unitarian Universalist Church and Traprock Peace Center.

Bernardston

On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., buglers and trumpeters from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the worldwide sound of Taps and The Last Post, sponsored by Taps for Veterans. Joyana and Steve Damon will sound Taps on 11/11 at 11 a.m. at United Church of Bernardston. Following that, the church bell will be rung, as the congregation sings “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Everyone is welcome to come pray for peace.

Gill

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, Northfield Mount Hermon School will commemorate the WWI centennial with bagpipers leading a ceremony in the campus’s Memorial Grove, amid 69 towering trees planted in memory of the 69 Mount Hermon men who died in WWI.

The four NMH pipers will join close to 1,000 pipers around the world, all playing the tune “The Battle’s Over” in memory of all who lost their lives in the war.

The NMH ceremony will honor all who served, and continue to serve, in the military. In addition to the bagpiping, the names of the 69 Mount Hermon men lost in WWI will be read, and the chapel’s bells will toll once for each of the dead.

The event is open to the public, and will be held in the NMH chapel rather than Memorial Grove in case of bad weather.

Deerfield

VFW Post 3295 is sponsoring a pig roast meal at the Polish American Citizens Club in Deerfield on Sunday. The meal starts at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets cost $25 and proceeds benefit the VFW post.

Sunderland

The 300th Anniversary Committee plans to hold a Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial and Park on 12 School St. A reception with light refreshments will be hosted in the Sunderland Public Library after the program.

Turners Falls

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A, a program will be held to thank veterans for their service to country.  The bank will host Chris Demars, veteran service officer from the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District, who will bring timely information to present and discuss. There will be light refreshments.