The City of Greenfield will mark Memorial Day on Monday, May 30 with a parade and dedication ceremony to honor the nation’s war dead. The annual Memorial Day Parade steps off from Greenfield Middle School on Sanderson Street at 10 a.m. It will be followed by a dedication ceremony at Veterans Memorial Mall at 10:45 a.m.
The parade will proceed south on Federal Street to the Federal Street Cemetery, to honor members of the military who died in the Revolutionary War. The procession will then continue south on Federal Street, turn east on Church Street, turn south on Franklin Street and turn west on Main Street, making a stop at the Greenfield Public Library, to honor members of the military who died in the Spanish-American War. From there, the parade makes its way to the Common, to honor veterans who died in the Civil War. The procession then continues west on Main Street to Veterans Memorial Mall, to honor those who died in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.
Featured speakers at the dedication ceremony will include Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District Director Timothy Niejadlik, Father Valentine Nworah of the Catholic Community of Greenfield, Mayor Roxann Wedegartner and local resident Channing L. Bete Jr., who was exposed to radiation during the Cold War. Music will be provided by the Greenfield High School Marching Band.
The ceremony will also include a special tribute to Greenfield native George Duncan Wells, who was killed in action in the Civil War. He was laid to rest at the Green River Cemetery.
The Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District would like to thank all of the volunteers who have been working so hard to place flags at all cemeteries across the city in advance of Memorial Day.