Memorial Day weekend parades and ceremonies in the Berkshires


Here's the list so far of Memorial Day weekend parades and ceremonies in the Berkshires:


The parade will step off at 10 a.m. on Monday from in front of the former Adams Memorial Middle School and will conclude with a 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, concluding at the Maple Street Cemetery.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frederick Lora, an Adams native, will deliver the address. Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" will be delivered by Tyler Carpenter and "In Flanders Field" will be presented by Kaylea Nocher. Both are students at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School.

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. Clarksburg

Peter A. Cook VFW Post 9144 will hold Memorial Day ceremonies and a parade on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Town Hall, Route 8. All veterans and public are invited to attend.


The parade will form at 9 a.m. on Monday at Dalton United Methodist Church and will step off at 9:30 a.m., proceeding down Main Street to the Main Street Cemetery for a ceremony at the Mound of the Unknown Dead.

Parade marshal and main speaker will be John Ellis, chaplain of the American Legion and VFW. Master of ceremonies will be Thomas Callahan. Aides to the parade marshal will be Lawrence Brothers Jr., senior vice commander of American Legion Post 155, and Arthur Filkins, commander of VFW Post 9566.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at Nessacus Regional Middle School.

Lenox Dale

Lenox Dale will hold its traditional early morning parade on Monday at 8 a.m., organized by the village's fire company. Marchers gather at Veterans Memorial Park on Walker Street and proceed to St. Vincent dePaul Church for an 8:30 Mass, celebrated by the Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus, for current and deceased veterans.


The ceremony and parade will begin at noon on Monday on Main Street. Veterans wishing to march should gather at the Church on the Hill at the top of Main Street before noontime. Participants and speakers will include U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, and state Sen. Benjamin Downing. The parade and ceremony at the war monument in the center of town will honor the Coakley and Muchnick families as a tribute to Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., 23, who was among the eight U.S. Marines killed when a mortar shell exploded during training exercises in Nevada on March 18. The Memorial Day event is organized by Sean Ward, commander of the Lenox VFW Post 12079. Veterans, the Lenox police and fire departments and units of the Lee Fire Department are participating as well as local schoolchildren, Ward said.


The parade will step off from the Olde Forge Restaurant at 2 p.m. on Sunday. A memorial ceremony will take place in the Center Cemetery. Following the parade and ceremony, light refreshments will be served in the Community Room at Town Hall.


The parade on Monday will be marched in memory of Aldo Pascucci, past commander of the Lee VFW Post 893, and a World War II veteran. The parade steps off on East Center Street at 10 a.m. on Monday; participants are asked to gather at 9.

The parade grand marshal will be retired Marine Henry Zukowski, a WWII and Korean War veteran and former Superintendent of Schools in Lee.

After the parade, memorial services will be held at Fairmont Cemetery.

On Saturday, Lee will hold Poppy Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Park.


A Memorial Day observance will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday at Veterans Memorial Park. The parade in the center of town will begin at 1 p.m. followed by refreshments at Firehouse Pavilion.

North Adams

Monday's Memorial Day parade will form and start from the American Legion, 91 American Legion Drive, promptly at 9:30 a.m. and move north on American Legion Drive, east on Main Street, north on Eagle Street and continue on to the Veterans Memorial for the ceremony. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion.

Bruce Shepley, Lt. Col, USAF, will act as master of ceremonies and state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi will give the keynote address.

The Gettysburg Address will be read by Billy Galipeau, son of Sue and Dave Galipeau, of 35 Willow Dell. He is a Grade 8 student at Drury High School and the recipient of the George Angeli Award.

Parade participants are requested to be at the American Legion by 9 a.m.


The Drury High School Class of 1951 will conduct its annual wreath-laying ceremony to honor each deceased member of the Class of 1951. The ceremony will be held at noon on Monday at the Francis J. Lopreta Memorial Marker at the Hillside Cemetery, opposite 301 West Main St. All deceased members of the class will be recognized individually in reading the roll call and ringing a bell after each name is read. A remembrance wreath will be placed at the memorial site.


The parade steps off Monday at 9 a.m. from Fenn Street, proceeding toward and then turning right on North Street to Wahconah Street and ending at the Pittsfield Cemetery for a 10 a.m. ceremony. The guest speaker is John Harding. Staging is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Fenn Street near the City Hall.

VFW Post 448 invites all veterans and non-members to march with them in the parade in Pittsfield. Those interested in marching with VFW Post 448 can join the veterans at 8:40 a.m. in front of City Hall. Uniforms or military caps are optional.


A vigil honoring the late Marine Corps veteran Edward S. Passetto will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday at Park Square. Participants are invited to bring signs with quotes from his letters or accurate statistics regarding his cause. At dusk, the group will light candles, share memories and have a moment of silence and prayer for Passetto and his loved ones.


Memorial Day observance ceremonies will be held Monday. Parade participants gather at Fire House at 7:45 a.m. The parade will begin at 8 a.m., heading north on State Road to Richmond School for ceremonies. In the event of rain, events will be held at the school.


The Ashley Falls parade on Monday will step off at 8 a.m. from the village green and end at the cemetery on Clayton Road, where the ceremony will take place. All members of the military, past and present, are encouraged to be a part of the parade. Uniforms are not required.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the parade will return to the grounds of Trinity United Methodist Church on Route 7A, where refreshments will be served.

In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled and the ceremony will take place in the Methodist Church, with refreshments in the church hall.


The U.S. flag with only 44 stars, dated between July 1891 and January 1896, will be displayed on Monday at Dewey Hall, which will be open beginning at 9 a.m.


Annual ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Town Cemetery and at St. Joseph's Cemetery, followed by a noon parade from the Town Offices to the former Town Hall. Veterans needing rides may contact Select Board chairwoman Deb McMenamy at (413) 298-3434. The Memorial Day ceremony, held at 12:30 p.m. in front of the old Town Hall, will feature guest speaker Norman Charbonneau, a World War II Navy veteran, and music by the group Quintessential. A community potluck picnic follows on the Town Green, with hot dogs and soda provided. Residents may drop off food to share between 11 a.m. and noon at the old Town Hall building on West Main Street.


The Memorial Day celebration will begin with a parade at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. The parade starts at the bottom of Spring Street, and terminates at Field Park with honor guard, a gun salute and taps.


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