Featured Events: Veterans Day & Military History

Featured Events: Veterans Day & Military History

November 11th is Veterans Day, a national holiday that honors American veterans of all wars. The original date has great historical significance – the armistice that ended World War I was on November 11th, 1918.

Today, Veterans Day honors all of those who have dedicated themselves to serve our country in the armed forces. Given Massachusetts’ rich history and role in the formation of the United States from colonial and Revolutionary War times to our contemporary society today, this is a day to remember the soldiers from the past as well as those today who serve our nation. As a result, there are many ceremonies and parades that happen on Veterans Day in Western Massachusetts, such as the Springfield Veterans Day Parade as well as parades and ceremonies in Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Pittsfield. The celebration and recognition of Veterans Day is a reminder of our local history, our region’s historic past, and all of the women and men who served and continue to serve our nation. 

Events for 2016:

Friday, November 11, 2016, 10am
Featuring the Berkshire Veterans Coalition, Pittsfield City Council members, high school marching bands, Boy and Girl Scout troops, color guards, and honor guards, this annual intergenerational parade and ceremony steps off from City Hall and heads towards Veterans’ Memorial.  413-499-9433. Fenn Street. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 10am-11am
You can help honor local veterans by attending the Veterans Day Parade. The parade starts at Greenfield Middle School. For more information, check the Greenfield Town Website. 195 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 11am
Honor local veterans by watching the parade! The Springfield parade will step off at 11am at 1 Federal Street, on the Springfield Technical Community College campus. The parade will march down State Street, turn onto Main Street, and then onto Court Street where there will be a brief ceremony on the steps of the City Hall. If you would like to participate in helping place flags on the graves of veterans, call 413 787-6141. Springfield, MA, (FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 10am-4pm
Learn about war history, aeronautics, and services for veterans at the New England Air Museum’s Tribute to Veterans and Active Military event. Visitors will have the chance to meet military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. The museum will be collective personal care items for veterans overseas. Veteran visitors are admitted free for this event; active duty military will receive a 20% discount on admission, and servicemen and women in uniform will be admitted free of charge. 860-623-330. 36 Perimeter Road. Windsor Locks, CT. (12 and up $; Ages 4 to 11 <$; 3 and under FREE; Veterans FREE)

Saturday, November 12, 6pm
Veterans are invited to enjoy a community meal at the Lenox VFW’s annual Veterans’ Day dinner. The dinner will take place at St. Ann’s Parish Center. Call 413-822-4343 to reserve your spot. 134 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, November 11, 2016, 10:40am
A ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park will take place following an annual parade from the American Legion to Veterans Memorial Park. Parade travels down American Legion Drive onto Main St. to Eagle St. concluding at the corner of Eagle St. and Route 2. 413-664-6180. 91 American Legion Dr. North Adams, MA (FREE)



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