Despite snowy conditions, hundreds participate at Agawam Veterans Cemetery

Many people hope the snow sticks around so that we can have a white Christmas.

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – In spite of hardships created by the storm, the conditions would not deter a heartfelt event honoring our veterans. Communities across the Pioneer Valley honored veterans Saturday during national wreaths across America day.

Despite the snowy conditions, hundreds of people from across western Massachusetts came out to the Agawam Veterans Cemetery to participate in this nation wide event.

life-goes-on-in-the-snow2Jack McQuaded, of Longmeadow said, “We need to recognize our veterans especially now after all these new veterans have come back we have to really be aware that they are out there and they need our support so I’m here for them.”

Laying wreaths to honor veterans during the holiday season is a tradition that began in 1992.

Gina Willette, Coordinator, Wreaths across America told 22News, “The community sponsored the wreaths at 15 dollars a piece and this year we have the most ever at

Many people told 22News they attend this event every year to honor family members that gave their life in service to their country.

Dianne Vecchiarelli, of Agawam said, “My dad is a US marine corps WW2 vet and in his honor and to honor all those that have served we wouldn’t miss this event even under these weather conditions.”

I spoke with many people who told 22News snowy weather is just a part of New England living, and it won’t keep them from running their weekend errands.

Michael Berinaei, of West Springfield said, “Gotta get stuff to make Christmas cookies todays the day the wife sent me out to get stuff”

Dan Klimoski, of Holyoke mentioned, “Necessity, have guests coming tomorrow, very busy during the week and this is the only chance we get to do it.”

With the holidays just a few days away, many people told 22News they hope the snow sticks around so that we can have a white Christmas here in Western Massachusetts.