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Memorial Day Events 2019
By Staff Reports,
05:00PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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Below is a list of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies that will be updated as the information becomes available; only starred entries are confirmed. All events are on Monday, May 27, unless otherwise noted. Holiday closings can be found here. Please note that confirmed events are marked with an asterisk; those not marked are based on past observances. 

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Building and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street. This is the parade's centennial. 

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 87th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 26, 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony and firing squad and the laying of a memorial wreath in the rotunda. Following the ceremony, breakfast with be following in the lodge.  

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at North Becket Cemetery, ending at Ballou Park for ceremonies at 11. The Becket Praise Team will perform along with students from Becket Washington School.

Parade steps off from the School Street at 1 p.m.; children wishing to ride their bikes in the parade should meet at Cheshire Elementary School at 12:30. Decorate the bikes with red, white and blue and wear a helmet. Bikers will join the parade as it passes on School Street. A ceremony will follow at the Cheshire Cemetery on West Mountain Road. Watch for traffic delays as the parade winds north on Main Street to West Mountain Road.

Peter A. Cook post 9144 and the town of Clarksburg will hold a service on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Town Hall. The Clarksburg School band and Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Company will be participating. Coffee and doughnuts will be served following the service. All veterans and the public are invited. 

The parade steps off at 9:30 from United Methodist Church to the Main Street Cemetery for a ceremony at the Mound of the Unknown Dead.

Participants include will include local and state officials, veterans groups, color guards from the VFW and American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies, Explorers, Nessacus Middle School band, sheriff's department honor guard, cheerleaders, and Fire and Police departments.

Begins at 12:30 p.m. at the South Egremont fire station, and the parade marches to the village green, where a short ceremony will be conducted.

The parade will begin at noon at the Adrian J. Poirot War Memorial gazebo. (This time is unconfirmed.)

*Great Barrington
The Housatonic parade begins at 9 a.m. near the Great Barrington Post Office and proceeds along Main Street and Front Street to St. Bridget's Cemetery. The Great Barrington parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Dresser Avenue and proceeds to Town Hall.

The parade will step off from the Olde Forge Restaurant at 2 on Sunday, May 26, and march to Village Cemetery for a ceremony. 

The Lee Historical Society presents a guided tour of veterans graves at Fairmount Cemetery on Fuller Street, Friday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Memorial Day observances. Free and open to the public.

The parade will begin at noon on Monday. Any veterans wishing to march should be at the Church on the Hill by 11:45. Veterans who may need a ride can contact Sean Ward at 413-822-4343.

*Lenox Dale
The parade sponsored by the Lenox Dale Fire Company will begin at 8 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Walker Street and will proceed to St. Vincent de Paul Church for a Mass conducted by the Rev. Msgr. John Bonzagni, pastor, for deceased and living veterans at 8:30. The parade will then continue through the village back to the park, where concluding services will be held. 

*North Adams

The Hill Side Restoration group will be placing flags on veterans' graves in Southview Cemetery beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. Anyone who would like to help in this effort should come to the cemetery and look for the people in the red shirts. 

Parade starts promptly at 9:30 on Monday at the American Legion and marches to the Veterans Memorial, where the ceremony will take place. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion.

Parade participants often include city officials, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 996, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 54, American Veterans Post 100, American Legion Post 125, Sons of the American Legion Post 125, U.S. Navy Armed Guard Association, Drury High School band, Boy and Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies, the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS auxiliaries, and North Adams Ambulance Service and any member of the military past or present who wishes.

The parade begins at 9, proceeding from City Hall to Fenn to North and Wahconah streets, then to Pittsfield Cemetery, where there will be a ceremony about 10.

A ceremony will follow at 9:45 a.m. at the cemetery, with  guest speaker John Harding of the Marine Corps League, and master of ceremonies Fran Tremblay; officer of the day is Arnie Perras. 

At 11 a.m., there will be a memorial Mass at St. Joseph's Cemetery (there will be no march to St. Joseph's).

In case of inclement weather, the exercises will begin at 10 a.m. at Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.. Stay tuned to local radio stations and PCTV for information pertaining to weather-related updates.

Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, followed by refreshments at the pavilion.

Marchers will assemble at the Richmond Firehouse at 7:30 a.m. and begin the march up Route 41 to the school, where a selectman will offer remarks at about 8 a.m. followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. The school's marching band will play for the parade and ceremony and the third-grade singers will perform at the school.

March begins from the village green in Ashley Falls at 8 a.m. with observances at the Clayton Road cemetery; refreshments to follow at Trinity United Methodist Church. In case of rain, the ceremony will be inside the church.

Benediction, taps, firearms salute for veterans at the town and St. Joseph's cemeteries begin at 11, will include a riverside ceremony for those who died at sea; the parade steps off at 12:15 from Town Hall. Ceremonies will also conclude at old Town Hall at 12:45 with guest and student speakers and music by the Berkshire Hills Chorus. Veterans who need a ride should contact 413-298-3261.

Potluck picnic follows on the town green; bring or drop off food to share between 11 and noon. Hot dogs and soda will be provided; food donations needed.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Park and Main streets this year because of the construction on Spring Street. The procession will march from Park Street to Field Park (intersection of Routes 2 and 7), where a traditional ceremony will take place to honor our fallen veterans. After the ceremony, the public is invited to the American Legion Post located at 173 Water St. for refreshments.

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