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Memorial Day Events 2022
By Staff Reports,
03:00PM / Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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Below is a list of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies that will be updated as the information becomes available; only starred entries are confirmed. All events are on Monday, May 30, unless otherwise noted. Holiday closings can be found here. Please note that confirmed events are marked with an asterisk; those not marked are based on past observances. 

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the Memorial Building and conclude with the traditional 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. Lineup begins at 8:30.

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.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 88th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 29, 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony and firing squad and the laying of a memorial wreath in the rotunda. Following the ceremony, breakfast with be following in the lodge.  

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at North Becket Cemetery, ending at Ballou Park for ceremonies at 11. The Becket Praise Team will perform along with students from Becket Washington School. Lineup begins at 10.

Parade steps off from the School Street at 1 p.m.; children wishing to ride their bikes in the parade should meet at Cheshire Elementary School at 12:30. Decorate the bikes with red, white and blue and wear a helmet. Bikers will join the parade as it passes on School Street. A ceremony will follow at the Cheshire Cemetery on West Mountain Road. Watch for traffic delays as the parade winds north on Main Street to West Mountain Road.

Peter A. Cook post 9144 and the town of Clarksburg will hold a service on Sunday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at Town Hall. Town Administrator Carl McKinney will be the main speaker, Clarksburg students will do readings and the Drury band and Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Company will be participating. Coffee and doughnuts will be served following the service. All veterans and the public are invited. 

The parade steps off at 9:30 from the corner of North and Main Street to the Main Street Cemetery for a ceremony at the Mound of the Unknown Dead.

Participants include will include local and state officials, veterans groups, color guards from the VFW and American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies, Explorers, Nessacus Middle School band, sheriff's department honor guard, cheerleaders, and Fire and Police departments.

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

Begins at 12:30 p.m. at the South Egremont fire station, and the parade marches to the village green, where a short ceremony will be conducted.

The parade will begin at noon at the Adrian J. Poirot War Memorial gazebo. (This time is unconfirmed.)

*Great Barrington

The parade begins at 9 a.m. in Housatonic and at 11 a.m. in downtown Great Barrington. Parade participants in Housatonic should assemble at the firehouse. The parade will march to St. Bridget's Cemetery, where there will be a service. The parade in downtown Great Barrington begins at the corner of Main Street and Dresser Avenue, and proceeds to Town Hall, where concluding services will be held. Participants are urged to arrive early.

The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, at Center Cemetery. 

The parade is at 10 a.m.

The parade will begin at noon on Monday at the Church on the Hill and then proceed to the War Monument for a ceremony and conclude at St. Anne's Cemetery. Any veterans wishing to march should be at the Church on the Hill by 11:45. Veterans who may need a ride can contact Sean Ward at 413-822-4343.

*Lenox Dale
The parade sponsored by the Lenox Dale Fire Company will begin at 8 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Walker Street and will proceed to St. Vincent de Paul Church for a Mass conducted by the Rev. Msgr. John Bonzagni, pastor, for deceased and living veterans at 8:30. The parade will then continue through the village back to the park, where concluding services will be held. 

*North Adams

Parade starts promptly at 10 at the American Legion and marches to the Veterans Memorial, where the ceremony will take place. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion.

The keynote speaker will be Navy veteran Jodie Pajak, alternate national executive committeewoman for the Massachusetts American Legion and past state commander. American Legion Post 125 Cmdr. Mitchell Keil will be master of ceremonies, Mayor Jennifer Macksey will bring greetings and the Rev. David Anderson of First Baptist Church will give the prayers. The Gettysburg Address will be given by Piper Jacobs, the recipient of the George O. Angeli Award and daughter of Ross and Tara Jacobs. 
The Drury band will play selections and Noah Wilhelm and Kaylee Lescarbeau will play taps and Dennis St Pierre and Joseph Zustra will lay the wreath. 

Parade participants include city officials, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 996, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 54, American Veterans Post 100, American Legion Post 125, Sons of the American Legion Post 125, U.S. Navy Armed Guard Association, Drury High School band, Boy and Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies, the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS auxiliaries, and North Adams Ambulance Service and any member of the military past or present who wishes.

Participants are asked to be at the American Legion at 9; coffee and doughnuts will be available beginning at 8:30. 

The parade begins at 10, proceeding from City Hall to Fenn to North and Wahconah streets, then to Pittsfield Cemetery for the ceremony and will include veterans organizations, the Pittsfield High marching band and the Taconic High drum line, local and state officials, the Police Department honor guard, Fire Department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and Pittsfield elementary children. 

The guest speaker will be William Sturgeon; Arne Perras will be officer of the day, John Herrera master of ceremonies and the Rev. Douglas Mann of Berkshire Hills Baptist Church will give the prayer. 

In case of inclement weather, the exercises will begin at 10 a.m. at Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.. Stay tuned to local radio stations and PCTV for information pertaining to weather-related updates.

Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) will televise the ceremony on CityLink 1303 and PCTV Select available at The ceremony will also be available on Roku and Apple devices, and the PCTV Facebook page.

Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, followed by refreshments at the pavilion. A ceremony will be held at the park at 10:30 a.m.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 29, at noon at the Veterans Memorial at the town library. Prior to the ceremony, a small group of veterans will visit each cemetery in Otis and Sandisfield to pay respects. 

Marchers will assemble at the Richmond Firehouse at 7:30 a.m. and begin the march up Route 41 to the school, where a selectman will offer remarks at about 8 a.m. followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. The school's marching band will play for the parade and ceremony and the third-grade singers will perform at the school.

March begins from the village green in Ashley Falls at 8 a.m. with observances at the Clayton Road cemetery; refreshments to follow at Trinity United Methodist Church. In case of rain, the ceremony will be inside the church.

Benediction, taps, firearms salute for veterans at the town and St. Joseph's cemeteries begin at 11, will include a riverside ceremony for those who died at sea at 10:45; the parade steps off at 12:15 from Town Hall. Ceremonies will also conclude at old Town Hall at 12:45 with guest and student speakers and music by the Berkshire Hills Chorus.

*West Stockbridge: Parade steps off from Congregational Church at 10 a.m. and goes to Town Hall for observances. Decorate bikes at the church beginning at 9:30. Hosted by the town's Parks & Recreation Department.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the bottom of Spring Street marches to Field Park (intersection of Routes 2 and 7), where a traditional ceremony with guest speaker Wayne Soares will take place to honor fallen veterans.

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