The Berkshire Veterans Coalition will honor Pearl Harbor Day with a ceremony starting at 10 a.m. today at the Peace Memorial on Veterans Way off South Street.

The public and all veterans are invited to attend.

John Harding will serve as emcee and Anthony Pastore will sing the national anthem. The Rev. Stephen J.C. Williams will give the invocation and benediction.

Others giving remarks or readings include Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, Joseph Mack and Fran Tremblay, president of Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 65.

Dalton American Legion Post 155 will give the rifle salute and taps will be played by Richard LaFlamme.


A memorial tree lighting ceremony will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Veterans Memorial Park on South Street in Pittsfield.

The Dwyer Funeral Home Family invites the community to remember loved ones, family or friends, to the ceremony. Each family may bring an ornament, or may use an ornament provided for free by the funeral home.

For information, call (413) 442-5094.


A traditional fundraising event to support American soldiers and other charities going back seven decades in Lenox is slated for today to mark the anniversary of Japan's attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The annual Christmas Fair and Silver Tea at Trinity Episcopal Church will benefit Pittsfield's Soldier On, the private nonprofit organization that provides homeless veterans with transitional housing and support.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church's Parish House at 88 Walker St. and will include holiday treats prepared by parishioners for sale, sandwiches and sweets, crafts, noontime caroling and, of course, tea.

The tradition originated in 1942, one year after the nation's entry into World War II, when the ladies of the church would gather for tea and to put together "ditty bags" filled with shavers, soap, other toiletries as well as chocolate bars to be sent to soldiers overseas. The term, whose origin is unknown, dates back to 1860 and originally was defined as a bag used especially by sailors to hold small articles such as needles and thread.