AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Amherst observed an annual tradition this Memorial Day, with ceremonies and a parade.
Marchers left the Town Common just after 9:30 Monday morning, and made their way up to the War Memorial near Amherst Regional High School on Mattoon Street. There, the crowd watched a flag raising and listened to speeches about the sacrifices made by veterans.
Among the themes was re-enforcing that we can enjoy Memorial Day, because we are enjoying the freedoms allowed to us by those who sacrificed.
“You want to remember, but you don’t want to stay in sorrow all day, either. That’s not why people are fightings wars, protecting freedoms. Freedoms are not just to remember the past, but also to be thankful for what we have,” Steve Forcum of Ludlow said.
The Hampshire County town was just one of dozens of western Massachusetts communities that held special ceremonies on Monday in honor of those who gave their lives for our freedom.