NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Public officials, veterans, and city residents paid their respects to America’s war dead during Northampton’s annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony.
The parade began at Trinity Row Park at 10:00 A.M. and ended at the cemetery on Park Street. Hundreds of residents lined the streets for the parade, which included marching bands, motorcycles, and local veterans.
“Right now we live in a crazy world and its very important to show and support the people that have kept us free,” Eric Spangenthal of Florence said.
The Northampton Memorial Day Parade is a yearly event, which gives residents the opportunity to come out to show their appreciation to all those who died while serving our country.
“Its important to recognize the people who served, so that’s why we come out and try to show our kids that its an important day to remember that,” Devin Koller of Florence said.
At the ceremony following the parade, Northampton Mayor David Narkewiciz and several others gave speeches in recognition of all the men and women who sacrificed their lives, in the armed forces.
“We’re remembering all the veterans who put their life at risk for us. That’s why i’m here today, proud to be part of this country,” Luis Santiago of Florence said.
It was actually the second day in a row that America’s fallen heroes were honored in Northampton. A wreath-laying ceremony and memorial dedication was held at Leeds Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon.