New England News
4:08 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Large Crowd Salutes Veterans At Annual Springfield Parade

Veterans and their families were honored Monday with parades and ceremonies throughout the region

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno ( on left), Springfield,MA Veteran of The Year Roland Blanchard, and  Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshall Thomas Belton ( on right) placed a wreath at the Veterans' Monument in Court Square
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno ( on left), Springfield,MA Veteran of The Year Roland Blanchard, and Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshall Thomas Belton ( on right) placed a wreath at the Veterans' Monument in Court Square
Credit WAMC

A bright sunny day helped to bring out a larger than usual crowd to watch the annual Veterans Day parade in Springfield, Massachusetts.  An estimated 500 people stood on city hall plaza and in Court Square to hear speeches and see a wreath –laying. The parade committee’s veteran of the year, Roland Blanchard said it was encouraging to see so many people line the parade route.

Blanchard, who is 90, was in the Army unit commanded by legendary General George S. Patton in Europe during World War II.