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Veterans Voice


PARADE: This year’s Florence Memorial Day parade will step off from Trinity Row on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. This is the longest continuously run Memorial Day parade in the U.S., according to Tom Pease of the Northampton Veterans Council.

Along with the traditional reading of the names of veterans who have died in the previous year, there will also be a brief recognition of all the veterans buried in the Park Street Cemetery.

Many veterans buried there are from the Civil War era. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.

The guest speaker will be Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy.

MEETING: The Women Veterans Circle meets Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Learning Center in Building One at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, 421 North Main St., Leeds. For information, call Kim Adams at 584-4040, ext. 2240.

VETS FAIR: A veteran information event will be held at the Cummington Fairgrounds on May 10 and 11.

Combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as spouses and families of veterans and veterans of all generations are invited to the first-ever Small Town Veterans Expo at the fairgrounds.

The expo starts each day at noon and ends at dusk. Central Hampshire Veterans Services Director Steven Connor said it will be a casual, informal and fun opportunity for veterans to learn about area services.

Entertainment and refreshments will be offered and military vehicle displays will be an attraction. A recognition ceremony in honor of National Military Appreciation Month will be held at the fairgrounds at noon on Saturday with local dignitaries.

A parade of military vehicles will leave Pelham on Route 9 on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., heading west to the fairgrounds.

The Springfield Mobile Vet Center, which is equipped with confidential counseling space and which travels to communities across the New England region to extend VA’s reach to Veterans, service members and their families, especially those living in rural or remote communities, will also participate.

CONFERENCE: The Massachusetts Conference for Women Veterans will be held Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Boston Campus Center, 100 Morrissey Boulevard in Boston.

The program will include forum panels on state and federal benefits, financial education, business ownership, networking, relationships, wellness and more. The conference is free but registration is required. Contact the Women Veterans’ Network at 617-210-5958.


Calling the roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette April 18 through May 1. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

John M. Foley, 82, South Hadley, d. April 25; U.S. Army; Korean War.

John J. Pipczynski, 74, Hadley, d. April 25; National Guard, Reserves.

Robert Frank Winne, 88, Amherst, d. April 22; World War II, Battle of the Bulge; U.S. Army, 289th Infantry Regiment.

Richard “Dick” Bowler, 90, Florence, d. April 17; U.S. Army; Korean War era.

Abraham M. Zager, 94, formerly of Northampton, d. April 1; World War II; U.S. Army, 97th Trident Division, Germany, Japan.

Veterans Voice appears on the first and third Saturday of the month. Readers are encouraged to submit questions, story ideas, announcements, military photos with captions and other materials of interest to veterans. Send submissions to Veterans Voice, c/o James Lowe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, MA 01061; or email jlowe@gazettenet.com.

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