Veterans Day Observances


Veterans Day this year marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I. Observances include ceremonies and parades.


American Legion Adams Post 160 will hold its traditional Veterans Day Memorial at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in front of Town Hall. The ceremony includes a reading of the names of Adams residents killed in all wars.


VFW Post 12079 will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Ann's Church Parish Center. Those who served and their families are invited. A coffee hour follows the ceremony.

Special recognition honoring the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice will be given to the Rev. William Davitt, who had been a pastor at St. Ann. He served as an Army chaplain during the war and died on the last day of fighting, only an hour before the armistice went into effect.

Davitt was the last commissioned U.S. officer killed in the conflict. He had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross a few days before his death.

St. Ann's 9:45 a.m. Mass also will be held in his memory. The Knights of Columbus post at the church is named after him, along with the VFW post in Chicopee, where he grew up.


The Veterans Day parade will begin at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, from the American Legion, proceeding to the Veterans Memorial for a ceremony.



The parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, from City Hall to Veterans Memorial Park on South Street for a ceremony. Lineup will take place from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. on Fenn, Pearl and Allen streets.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St. Listen to local radio stations for weather-related updates.

Following the ceremony, a reception for veterans and their family members will be held at the Pittsfield VA Outpatient Clinic, 73 Eagle St., from 2 to 5 p.m. A light lunch will be included.


The Sheffield Historical Society hosts the Park of Honor flag display on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Barnard Park. Coffee, hot cider and treats will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. Two "monuments" erected in the park will display veterans' names, service dates and branches of service.


A Veterans Day ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park, Route 43. Bagpiper Paul Raider will be piping a commemorative tribute and members of the Berlin Elementary School band will be playing.

Raider will pipe a commemorative tribute at 6 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial Park. Bagpipers around the world will be playing the retreat march, "When the Battle's Over," as part of a global tribute at the hour the treaty was signed. Church bells will ring at 2 p.m.


American Legion Post 152 will pay tribute to veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11, with ceremonies that will include the traditional flag lower, flag raise, 21 gun salute, and taps at following locations: South Lawn Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.; Sweetwood & Sweetbrook at 9:45 a.m.; West Lawn Cemetery at 10:25 a.m.; Williams College Cemetery at 10:35 a.m.; Field Park at 11:11 a.m.; and East Lawn Cemetery at 11:40 a.m. where the ceremony will also include a bell ringing and reading of the names of local veterans who lost their lives in battle.


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