(Northampton, MA) – Hundreds have turned out in Northampton to honor those who died serving their country. Monday’s Memorial Day parade in Florence included veterans, politicians, community groups and marching bands. Army Lieutenant Colonel Deborah Foley delivered the keynote address. She spoke of the “invisible wounds of war,” including post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury.
Easthampton commemorated Memorial Day Monday with a parade and solemn wreath-laying ceremony featuring a gun salute, music from the Easthampton High School band, and remarks from Mayor Karen Cadieux, who comes from a military family. Cadieux said she felt honored to be before the large crowd of decorated veterans, active-duty personnel, and supporters gathered before the city’s granite war memorials, rimmed with 100 flags.
In Greenfield, Veterans Services Director Timothy Knee-add-lick asked the crowd to give a special note of thanks to surviving Vietnam-era veterans, many of whom are still suffering from the after-effects of exposure to “Agent Orange”. Monday’s ceremonies in Greenfield included the traditional parade. In Northampton, hundreds turned out for the Memorial Day parade in Florence that included veterans, politicians, community groups and marching bands.