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Memorial Day Parades & Observances

May 26, 2023 - May 29, 2023

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, which was a day to remember those killed in war by placing flags and flowers on their grades. In 1971 it became an official federal holiday.

Communities have scheduled a variety of events to remember those killed in war and honor veterans throughout the week but most parades are held on Monday.

Springfield Observance

Noon, Friday, May 26, ceremony at Veterans Monuments at Court Square, Springfield.

Agawam Parade

10 a.m. Monday, May 29, parade beginning at Agawam Middle School and Agawam Town Hall and march down Main Street to Veterans’ Green. Ceremony will follow. In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place in the junior high school auditorium at 10:30 a.m.

Brimfield

Memorial Day Services on Sunday, May 28, 2023 2:00 pm at the Brimfield Common. Parade to follow.

Chicopee

On Sunday, May 28, at the Vietnam Veterans’ Plaza on Chicopee Street, there will be a candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of Western Massachusetts Chapter 111.

Monday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m., there will be an annual Memorial Day ceremony with the wreath laying at the Veterans Memorial Plaza, 460 Front St. The program this year that will last about an hour and a half with the school bands, legislator speakers, guest speakers, singers and end with the wreath laying and taps.

East Longmeadow

10:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, ceremony starting at East Longmeadow High School, 180 Maple St. There will be wreaths, raising a new American Flag, and Military Honors.

Northampton

10 a.m. Monday, May 29, parade starting on Trinity Row and proceeding to the Park Street Cemetery.

Hadley

2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, parade. Begins at at the American Legion, 162 Russell Street (Route 9). Parade route from the Legion heads west on Route 9 and turns right up West Street. A brief ceremony will be held around the West St. Common to the General Hooker Monument.

Holyoke

10 a.m. Monday, May 29, ceremony Holyoke War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton St.

Longmeadow

9 a.m. Monday, May 29, ceremony on the town green.

Ludlow

10 a.m. Monday, May 29, parade beginning on the corner of Winsor and Worcester streets.

Ware

Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm, Memorial Day Commemoration at Quabbin Park Cemetery. Refreshments will be offered at 10:00 am. Parade and services begin at 11:00 am.

Westfield

10 a.m. Monday, May 29, parade and ceremony. The parade route will be as follows: beginning at Mestek, the marchers will march south down North Elm Street, continuing across the Great River Bridge onto Elm Street, south to Broad Street, right at the intersection of Broad Street and West Silver Street to Parker Memorial Park for the Memorial Day ceremony starting at 11 a.m.

West Springfield

10 a.m. Monday, May 29, Town Hall, 26 Central St., West Springfield for a Memorial Day Ceremony.

Wilbraham

11 a.m. Sunday, May 28, ceremony at the Crane Park Veteran Memorial across from the intersection of Springfield Street & Main St.

Memorial Day: This federal holiday is celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 by Congress made it an official holiday.

Veterans Day: This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.

Nov. 11 recognizes the month, day and time the guns fell silent on the Western Front during World War I. The carnage left millions dead, destroyed cities, scorched countrysides and caused deep-seated resentments that led to World War II.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

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Start:
May 26, 2023
End:
May 29, 2023