Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in the Pioneer Valley

  • Chase Frenier, 6, of Goshen, watches the Massachusetts Air Guard contingent pass by during the Florence Memorial Day parade, May 28, 2018. STAFF FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 5/23/2019 4:47:54 PM

AMHERST – A parade is set for 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 27. It will start on the Town Common and go to North Pleasant Street to East Pleasant Street, turn onto Triangle Street to War Memorial Pool for a ceremony, which will begin at around 9:50 a.m.

BELCHERTOWN – A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26 at Quabbin Park Cemetery. A salute to veterans interred at South Cemetery will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 27. 

A parade is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, beginning at Town Hall and ending at the Town Common. The parade will be followed by a ceremony, with guest speaker Col. (Ret.) David Preston.

CHESTERFIELD – A ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the North Street Cemetery. After, Veterans Memorial Park will take place at Town Hall. State Rep. Natalie Blais and State Sen. Adam Hinds will be in attendance.

EASTHAMPTON – A parade is set for shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, May 27. It will begin on Clark Street, onto Cottage Street and Union Street, turn right on Main Street, around Pulaski Park, continuing south on Main Street past the library, left on Payson Lane then left on Park Street to the library.

Following the parade, a ceremony at the library will include the laying of wreaths, speeches, a volley of fire and musical selections.

DEERFIELD – A ceremony is set for 11:10 a.m. on Monday, May 27 behind Deerfield Academy’s administration building. Following the ceremony, there will be a brief procession to Old Albany Cemetery.

GOSHEN – A parade is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 27. It will start at Town Hall and proceed up Main Street to the Goshen Cemetery off of Cape Street. There will be a brief ceremony at the cemetery; local historian Joe Roberts will speak.

HADLEY – A parade is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26. There will be a flag raising ceremony at the American Legion, 162 Russell St., and then the parade will start on Route 9, go around the Town Common on West Street and end at the General Hooker Monument. After the parade, refreshments will be served at the American Legion.

The American Legion is planning a number of commemorations at town cemeteries, including Russellville Cemetery at 11:15 a.m.; Plainville Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.; Olde Hadley Cemetery at 11:50 a.m.; Hockanum Cemetery at 12:15 p.m.; Holy Rosary Cemetery at 12:40 and North Hadley Cemetery at 1:10. 

HATFIELD – A march is set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, starting at the Hatfield Legion. The march will end at Smith Academy Park, and a ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. In the event of rain, the march will be canceled and the 1 p.m. ceremony will be at Smith Academy.

LEEDS – A ceremony is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26 at the Leeds Memorial across from Leeds Elementary School. There will be a color guard from VFW Post 8006, a wreath laying ceremony and a reading of the Gettysburg Address.

NORTHAMPTON – A parade is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 27 in Florence. It will start on Main Street and make its way to the Park Street Cemetery, where there will be a ceremony.

PLAINFIELD – A parade is set for 1 p.m., starting at Town Hall. Before the parade, the Plainfield Historical Society is hosting a ham and bean dinner and pie auction, which begins at noon.

SOUTH DEERFIELD – A parade is set for 8:20 a.m. on Monday, May 27. It will start at Frontier Regional School and make its way to the South Deerfield Town Common, where there will be a ceremony. Afterward, the parade will continue through town to various cemeteries.

SOUTH HADLEY – A concert for seniors and veterans is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 24 at Michael E. Smith Middle School. 

A ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Monday, May 27 at South Hadley High School. The high school’s band, an a capella group and a wind ensemble will perform. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 10 a.m.

SUNDERLAND – A parade is set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 24. It will begin at the Town Office Building, and head down South Main Street and out to the Riverside Cemetery along Cemetery Road. After ceremonies at Riverside Cemetery, the parade will return to the Town Office Building, where hot dogs and beverages will be served.

WESTHAMPTON – A parade is set for shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, May 27. The event will start with a flag raising in front of the Veterans Memorial and then the parade will march to the cemetery. A ceremony will follow at the cemetery, and lunch will be served at Town Hall at noon.

WHATELY – A parade is set for around noon, Sunday, May 26. It will begin at the church and proceed to the Center Cemetery for a ceremony. The Historical Society’s museum will be open from noon to 2 p.m. There will be food, free ice cream, face-painting and music.

WILLIAMSBURG – A parade is set for 1 p.m. Monday, May 27 starting at the fire station. A ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park after the parade. In case of heavy rain, the ceremony will be at Anne T. Dunphy School.


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