Wreath-laying ceremony, parade held in Holyoke

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A parade worked its way through downtown Holyoke Monday morning, in honor of those who fought and died for our freedoms.

Monday’s Memorial Day observances began in Holyoke with a reception at the War Memorial, followed by a wreath laying at the JFK Memorial.

22News spoke with one veteran, Bill Collamore of Holyoke, who explained why Monday’s observances have a very personal importance.

“When I was 5-years-old, my father used to bring me right here to this park the veterans have been wonderful to my family over the years and I just keep coming back and appreciate everything that the City of Holyoke has done,” said Collamore.

The parade began at 10:30, marching down Appleton and High Streets, another wreath was laid at the Korean War Plaza, and then the parade continued to Lyman Street, where wreaths were placed at Tadeusz Kosciusko Park and Gold Star Veterans Monument. Marchers continued from there onto Maple Street before ending at Veterans Park with a ceremony.

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