Heroes honored in Holyoke Memorial Day ceremony

Parade was cancelled due to bad weather

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) –  For the second year in a row, poor weather caused the cancellation of Holyoke’s annual Memorial Day parade, but that did not stop people in the city from saluting those who died in service to our country.

Dozens of Holyoke residents and veterans came out for the Memorial Day ceremony at the War Memorial Building. Mayor Alex Morse and people from the Holyoke Department of Veteran Services gave speeches in remembrance of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.

Veteran Vincenz Brown of Holyoke was impressed by Monday morning’s tribute.

“They have the band in there, the pipers, and they keep everybody well entertained, and the speeches are all really nice,” Brown said.

“We’re remembering the ultimate sacrifice that was made, so that everyone who goes to defend our freedoms will know that they will never be forgotten,” said Wilfredo Melendez, deputy director of the Holyoke Veteran Services Department.

The ceremony also included the singing of the National Anthem by the Holyoke High School Madrigal Singers, and the laying of wreaths in honor of veterans who served in American wars.

Click here for a listing of local Memorial Day parades and events across western Massachusetts.