Memorial Day observances are under way in western Massachusetts,where the holiday weekend will feature parades and solemn ceremonies.
The city of Springfield commemorated Memorial Day Friday afternoon with an annual ceremony under an overcast sky. After short speeches on the steps of city hall, a group of elected officials and military veterans placed wreaths at the five war memorials across the street in Court Square. The procession was led by JROTC color guards from each of the city’s four high schools.
KINGSTON – Perfect springtime weather marked this year's Memorial Day, as thousands of spectators lined the streets of Hudson Valley, New York communities to mark the occasion with flags, honor, parades and ceremonies to honor those who gave their lives for our country.
Hurley's traditional parade kicked off with the boom of musket fire, as a long line of veterans, marching bands, and officials made their way down the hill along Main Street. The procession included fire trucks, wagons, and a long line of vintage Corvettes.
ALBANY, NY – May 20, 2013 - This Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, WAMC Northeast Public Radio will adjust its regular program schedule to broadcast several special radio events touting the unique American spirit.
President Barack Obama is paying tribute to fallen warriors on Memorial Day, attending a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and honoring those who died in the Vietnam War.
The president will participate today in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, and then mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
In announcing their intention to cancel this year’s Memorial Day Parade, in Saratoga Springs, New York, last week, the annual event’s sponsoring organization, listed a number of reasons, one of which really shocked this commentator’s sense of how cheaply, beyond dollar value, many of today’s Americans assess the worth of their so-called ‘Freedom.’ The sponsors literally stated the event was too ‘dollar-costly.’
At that moment, the full meaning of just how materialistically divided we’ve become, struck home. Then, a flood of pointedly related questions arose: