West Springfield honors Veterans with parade, ceremony

Veterans and their spouses will be treated to a free lunch.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield’s annual Veterans Day parade began at The St. Thomas School Friday morning.

The parade route traveled from the St. Thomas School to Kings Highway, and then along Elm Street and Park Avenue, ending on the West Springfield Town Common, where a ceremony was held to recognize the community as an “Honor and Remember Town.” After the ceremony, veterans and their spouses were treated to a free lunch.

West Springfield resident Debra Riddle explained to 22News what the outpouring of support means to her.

“I’m excited, because it’s such a beautiful day to honor our veterans, past present and future. It’s such an outpouring of camaraderie with the community, the veterans,” Riddle said.

Preparation for Friday’s events began almost a week ago. More than 300 American flags were placed throughout the Town Common, each bearing a name of a West Springfield Veteran.