Pittsfield: Memorial Day observance announced


The Berkshire Veterans Coalition will host the 2016 Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 30.

Lineup for the parade will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Fenn, Pearl, and Allen streets.

Departing from City Hall at 9 a.m., the parade will proceed to North Street, turning right and heading north, taking a left on Wahconah Street to the Pittsfield Cemetery.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 a.m. Director of Veteran Services James H. Clark will provide opening remarks, and the keynote address will be delivered by Mayor Linda M. Tyer.

In the event of inclement weather, the exercises will be held at Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.

The day's events will also include a host of volunteers, high school marching bands, scout troops, Pittsfield Public School students and families, color guards, honor guards, and members of the City Council.

Poppies will be placed in the urn for each veteran's name read by all Berkshire Veterans Coalition commanders or their representatives. The Rev. Peter Gregory will read the names of veterans who have passed from 2015-2016.

The ceremony includes a volley by the Vietnam Veterans of America James E. Callahan Berkshire Chapter 65, and taps and the National Anthem by the Pittsfield High School Band.


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