Honoring veterans

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Tuesday

• Lee Elementary School will host at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday an assembly for veterans. Students are invited to bring community and family members that have served, or are currently serving in the military to come in and take part in our assembly.

• "Healing Through Music: A Veterans Appreciation Event" will be held at noon at the Adams Council on Aging, 3 Hoosac St., in Adams. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided by musician Sheila Scott after a salute provided by the Adams American Legion Honor Guard.

• The Williamstown Elementary School sixth-grade chorus at 6:30 p.m. will honor local veterans with a special concert in the school auditorium. American Legion Post 152 Commander Ron James will also share two poems. This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments of cake and cider to follow. Concert-goers may make a donation to support local veterans at this event.

Wednesday

• At Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, "Love a Vet: Honoring Our Veterans," a new exhibition of works created by contemporary illustrators will be on display through Jan. 5, 2016. A special program "Love a Vet: A Special Veterans Day Celebration," will be held today from 1 to 5 p.m. This special afternoon of activities will feature songwriter Mary Verdi, members of Soldier On, gallery tours, and panel of "Love a Vet" artists. Free for all veterans, courtesy of Berkshire Bank. Free for museum members and active military, or with regular Museum admission.

• The Pittsfield Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony starts at 10 a.m., and will leave from City Hall at the corner of Fenn Street then head down South Street to the Peace Memorial on Veterans Way. Opening remarks will be given by Mayor Daniel Bianchi. The Berkshire Veterans Coalition along with Pittsfield High School Marching Band, scout troops, color guards, honor guards and the Dalton American Legion Riders Post 155, Pittsfield Police Department, Pittsfield Sheriff's Department and many more will participate.

• The North Adams Veterans Day program will begin at 10:40 a.m. The parade will form and start from the American Legion Home, move north on American Legion Drive, east on Main Street, then onto Eagle Street to the Veterans Memorial, where the ceremony will take place. All parade participants should be in the American Legion parking lot by 10 a.m.

Thursday

A Veterans Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pittsfield. The purpose of the expo is to support and connect veterans with area services. Guest speakers include Francisco Urena, state secretary of veterans services, and Jim Clark, Pittsfield's veterans service officer. The event is free for designated military personnel, veterans and their families, as well as those that serve them.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County will from noon to 2 p.m., observe Veterans Day with a potluck and author reading at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown, 906 Main St. The program will particularly serve the county's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender senior citizens and their friends and family members. Author Lance Ringel will read from his acclaimed new novel "Flower of India," in which a World War I doughboy discovers love in the trenches of Europe. Following the reading, Ringel's husband, actor and singer Chuck Muckle, will perform songs made popular during the Great War. For more information, contact Ed Sedarbaum at ed@rainbowseniors.com or 413-441-6006.


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