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Memorial Day Parades & Observances
May 29 - May 30
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.
Noon, Friday, May 27, Veterans Monuments at Court Square, Springfield.
St. Michael’s Cemetery, Springfield – 10 a.m. Monday, May 30. Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. William D. Byrne, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield
7 a.m. Monday, May 30, Vietnam Bridge with West Springfield Veterans’ Council followed by
7:25 a.m. American Legion Post #185
7:40 a.m. Springfield Street Cemetery
8 a.m. Granger School
8:15 a.m. South Westfield Street Cemetery
8:30 a.m. Agawam Center Cemetery across from St. John’s
10 a.m. Monday, May 30, 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.
2 p.m. Sunday, May 29. on the Town Common
11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Veterans Memorial Plaza ( Front St. in front of Dupont Memorial Middle School. There will not be a parade. Instead that will be the Patriotic Parade June 25 before the fireworks in Chicopee.
10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, starting at East Longmeadow High School, 180 Maple St.
10 a.m. Monday, May 30, starting on Trinity Row and proceeding to the Park Street Cemetery.
2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, parade. Formation begins at 1:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 162 Russell Street (Route 9).
10 a.m. Monday, May 30, Holyoke War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton St.
9 a.m. Monday, May 30, ceremony on the town green.
10 a.m. Monday, May 30, parade beginning on the corner of Winsor and Worcester streets.
10 a.m. Monday, May 30, parade begins at the Summer house, 552 College Highway, and proceeds to the War Memorial at 488 College highway.
1:00 p.m. Monday, May 30, parade from the American Legion Post 123 on Maple St and proceed to Veterans Park in the center of Town for a brief ceremony.
10 a.m. Monday, May 30, 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.
11 a.m. Monday, May 30, Town Hall, 26 Central St., West Springfield for a Memorial Day Ceremony.
11 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 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.