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Local commemorations on Memorial Day

AMHERST — Parade MONDAY beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Amherst Common and proceeding along North Pleasant Street to War Memorial on Triangle Street for ceremonies at Veterans War Memorial Pool at 10 a.m. Speaker: Dr. Ernie Price. Amherst Historical Society offers West Cemetery Ramble with Bob Drinkwater at 2 p.m. Meet at cemetery gate behind The Toy Box, 201 N. Pleasant St.

BELCHERTOWN — Commemoration MONDAY, 8:30 a.m., South Cemetery. Parade MONDAY starting at 10 a.m. at Town Hall and proceeding to the town common. SMSgt. Gary D. Smith of 337 Airlift Squadron Westover ARB will speak.

CHESTERFIELD — Commemoration by American Legion Cummington Post 304 MONDAY, 11 a.m., Chesterfield Post Office to the North Street Cemetery.

CUMMINGTON — Commemoration by American Legion Cummington Post 304 MONDAY, 9 a.m., at the West Cummington Cemetery and 9:30 at the Honor Roll outside the Community House.

EASTHAMPTON — Commemoration MONDAY beginning with pancake breakfast, 7-10 a.m., at Easthampton Community Center, 12 Clark St. ($4 general; $2 children under 12; veterans free). Ceremony 7:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 224, followed by volleys at Clapp St. Monument, East St. Cemetery, St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Old Town Hall, Main St. Cemetery, Brookside Cemetery and St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Parade beginning 10:30 a.m. at Clark Street and proceeding to Emily Williston Memorial Library for ceremonies at 11 a.m.

GOSHEN — Commemoration by American Legion Cummington Post 304 MONDAY, 10 a.m. from Goshen center to Goshen cemetery.

GRANBY — Parade MONDAY starting at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and proceeding to the Memorial Boulder in the center of town for ceremonies. Parade continues to West Cemetery and Batchelor Street Cemetery (via bus).

NORTHAMPTON — Parade MONDAY beginning at 10 a.m. at Trinity Row in Florence and proceeding to Florence Center for ceremonies at Park Street Cemetery. Speaker: Councilman Eugene Tacy. Collation follows at Florence Elks #997, 17 Spring St.

PLAINFIELD — Traditional ham and bean dinner served MONDAY at noon at Plainfield Town Hall. Parade at 1 p.m. starting at Town Hall and proceeding to the Hilltop Cemetery for ceremony at the Honor Roll monument. Return to War Memorial in front of Plainfield Congregational Church for ending ceremony.

SOUTHAMPTON — Parade MONDAY starting 9 a.m. at the Norris School and proceeding to the Center Cemetery for ceremony. Major General L. Scott Rice of the Massachustts Air National Guard will speak. Parade continues to the Veterans Monument.

SOUTH HADLEY — Commemorations MONDAY: Evergreen Cemetery (9 a.m.); Commons (9:30); St. Rose Cemetery (9:45); Village Cemetery (10:15). Parade starting at 11 a.m. at South Hadley High School, proceeding on Newton Street to Lamb Street then right onto Bridge Street and left onto Main Street for ceremonies at Town Hall. Speaker: Captain David Gardner, USCG. Luncheon follows at St. Patrick’s and/or picnic at Buttery Brook Park follow.

WESTHAMPTON — Commemoration MONDAY: 10:45 a.m. gather at Town Common; 11 a.m. flag raising followed by parade to town cemetery for ceremonies. Annual picnic follows at noon, Westhampton Congregational Church (reservations requested - 527-4204 or westhamptonchurchcc@comcast.net). Softball game 1:30 at the Hampshire Regional High School.

WILLIAMSBURG — Commemoration MONDAY. Cemeteries: St. Mary’s (9:30); High St. (10 a.m.); Mountain St. (10:20); Old Village Hill (11 a.m.); Village Hill (11:15). Parade starting 1 p.m. at the fire station and proceeding west on N. Main Street up Buttonshop Road to Rte. 9 and east to the Veteran’s Memorial for ceremonies.

WORTHINGTON — Commemoration by American Legion Cummington Post 304 MONDAY, 8:30 a.m. at the Honor Roll near Worthington Congregational Church.


Memorial Day ceremonies remember those who died

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A lone bugle sounded out across the cemetery. Over 300 people stood in silence listening to the sound of taps, the traditional bugle call for military funerals. The people gathered were veterans, politicians, Boy Scouts and town residents. Five members of the American Legion fired blanks out over the cemetery, a jarring sound that startled the children standing with their …

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