WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Marchers moved through the center of West Springfield Monday morning to show their respect to those who died defending the United States.
Current members of the military joined veterans, police officers, and others as West Side’s Memorial Day parade stepped off from Veterans Field at 11:00 a.m., and continued down to the West Springfield Town Common. There, a commemoration ceremony was held at the town’s war memorials.
One veteran, Angelo Librere of West Springfield, told 22news why he participates in the parade. “As a survivor of Vietnam, I feel that I owe it to the guys that made the ultimate sacrifice that aren’t here.”
The town maintains memorials that honor veterans of all American wars, from the Revolutionary War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.