North Adams crowd thanks vet returning from fourth tour


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NORTH ADAMS — Several hundred would-be parade-goers packed into the American Legion on Wednesday, along with dignitaries and the Drury High School Marching Band, to commemorate the Veterans Day.

A steady rain forced organizers to cancel the parade and move the ceremonies into the community room at the Legion, where Wayne Soares, former broadcaster for ESPN Radio, FOX Sports and the N.Y. Mets, served as master of ceremonies.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright offered a few remarks, including welcoming home Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael McCarron, who arrived home from his tour in Afghanistan on Tuesday night. McCarron, who teaches in the automotive department at C.H. McCann Technical School, has served four tours overseas - three in Iraq - with the U.S. Army Reserve

"If you see a veteran today," Alcombright told the crowd, "please offer them this simple greeting: 'Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.'"

The keynote speaker was retired Army Col. James Brosnan, superintendent of McCann Technical School.

The band played a selection of patriotic songs, and at the end of the ceremonies, two buglers from the band played taps in honor of the sacrifice American military veterans have made through the years.

The event was organized, as it is every year, by members of the North Adams American Legion.


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