Lenox/Lenox Dale: Twin parades to honor vets


LENOX -- Organizers of the town’s dual Memorial Day ceremonies have announced plans for this Monday’s observances.

The noon parade through the center of town gathers at the Church on the Hill, greeted by the Rev. Natalie Shiras, for a march to the War Monument at the intersection of Main and Walker streets.

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, is this year’s guest speaker, said David Roche, of the Lenox VFW Post 12079. Roche served as a U.S. Army captain during the Vietnam War.

The line of march is led by the town’s selectmen and includes town fire trucks and a marching band from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School. At the ceremony, they hear from the Rev. Michael Tuck, of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Marchers then proceed to St. Ann’s Cemetery for a service led by the Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus.

On Saturday, veterans will be selling poppies at the Price Chopper off Pittsfield Road. Veterans also will provide the color guard for the Memorial Weekend Marathon races that begin at Tanglewood on Sunday morning.

In Lenox Dale, the parade sponsored by the village’s fire company and organized by Lenox Police Senior Officer Timothy Sheehan will begin at 8 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Walker Street. The annual ceremony dates back to 1947.

The tight-knit community lost three men in World War I -- John R. Carty, Thomas F. McCabe and Charles J. Connell -- and three in World War II -- Richard F. Bard, Joseph W. Bontell and James F. Mangeon.

The late Lance Cpl. David A. Verheyn won the Navy Cross -- the second-highest award for military service -- for saving the lives of eight fellow soldiers in a 1967 reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War.

Marchers will proceed to St. Vincent de Paul Church for an 8:30 a.m. Mass honoring the community’s living and deceased veterans, celebrated by Waitekus. Afterward, the parade continues through village streets, returning to Veterans Memorial Park for concluding services.


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