Memorial Day ceremony held early in Springfield

Crowd gathered on City Hall steps to pay respects to America's fallen heroes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city officials joined with veterans Friday morning for a Memorial Day ceremony on the steps of City Hall.

Friday afternoon’s rain did not stop people from coming out to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Mayor Domenic Sarno was joined at the podium by public health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, Vietnam Veterans of America President Gumersindo Gomez and Springfield Veterans Services Director Thomas Belton.

They sang the national anthem, held a moment of silence, and then placed five wreaths at the foot of each of the military monuments in Court Square. Gomez told 22News why taking a moment to reflect on our nation’s heroes is so important.

“People need to remember why they are free. Why they can do so many things without having to ask nobody. Because freedom is not free, it’s paid with blood,” Gomez said.

The speakers were joined by members of U.S. Marine Corps. and ROTC Color Guard. Friday’s solemn ceremony was a reminder of the sacrifice of the United States military, both active duty and veterans.

22News is working for you with a listing of local Memorial Day observances, most of which will be held on the holiday itself, which is Monday.