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With vintage artillery in the foreground, a veterans' color guard leads the 2015 Memorial Day services at the village green at the intersection of Albany Road and State Line Road in West Stockbridge.

South Berkshire Memorial Day parades and services

By Thursday, May 23, 2019 News

Monday, May 27, 2019

Egremont

Parade participants will assemble at the South Egremont firehouse for a 12:30 p.m. march. The parade will proceed to the memorial monument in the town square, where there will be concluding services. Snacks and drinks will be served in the firehouse following the ceremony.

Great Barrington and Housatonic

Parade participants in Housatonic should assemble at the firehouse for a 9 a.m. start. The parade will march to Saint Bridget’s Cemetery, where there will be a service.

The parade in downtown Great Barrington begins at 11 a.m. Because the Cottage Street bridge is closed, the parade begins this year at the corner of Main Street and Dresser Avenue, and proceeds to Town Hall, where concluding services will be held. Participants are urged to arrive early.

Lee

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of High and East Center streets, and proceed down East Center to Fairmount Cemetery for concluding services.

Lenox and Lenox Dale

In Lenox Dale, the parade starts at 8 a.m., going from the veterans memorial on Walker Street to St. Vincent de Paul Parish for mass. After mass, the parade will work its way through the village, ending at Veterans Park with a concluding service.

The Lenox parade starts at noon at the Church on the Hill, proceeding down Main Street to the Curtis Hotel monument, where there will be a service. Then it’s on to Saint Ann’s Cemetery for a concluding service. Any veterans who wish to participate in the Lenox parade should meet at the Church on the Hill by 11:45 a.m.

The Monument Valley Regional Middle School band marches down Main Street in Great Barrington during the Memorial Day parade in 2016. Photo: Terry Cowgill

Monterey

The Monterey Parade is at 1 p.m. Observers gather at the  United Church of Christ or the General Store in the Post Office area. Participants who are marching or on a float gather at the intersection of Sandisfield Road and Main Road., Route 23, at 12:40. for a 1 p.m. march down Sandisfield Road to Main Road and to the firehouse for concluding services and a cookout.

New Marlborough

The parade will begin at 9 a.m., starting at New Marlborough Central School in Mill River and traveling down Mill River-Great Barrington Road and ending at the library, where there will be a memorial service. State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, is the featured speaker. After the service, the annual five-village kickball tournament will take place at New Marlborough Central School.

Sheffield and Ashley Falls

The Ashley Falls parade will begin at the village green at 8 a.m. and will end at the cemetery on Clayton Road, where there will be concluding services. Refreshments follow in front of Trinity United Methodist Church social hall.

The Sheffield parade will start at 11 a.m. at Dewey Hall on Main Street and continue on to Barnard Park, where there will be concluding services.

Stockbridge

At 11 a.m. cemetery ceremonies will be conducted with a benediction and taps for veterans at both town cemeteries, including a riverside ceremony for those who died at sea. Participants should meet at Proctor Hall, next to the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, at 10:45 a.m. Transportation to the cemeteries will be available.

Stockbridge Memorial Day Parade celebrities in front of Red Lion Inn. Photo: David Scribner

At 12:15 p.m. the parade will begin. Participants are asked to meet at the town offices at noon. All veterans, with or without uniforms, are encouraged to march or ride. Veterans needing transportation may call (413) 298-3261.

At 12:45 p.m., the memorial program will commence at the old town hall at the conclusion of the parade. The program will include a guest speaker, student speakers and music by the Berkshire Hillsmen.

There will be a community potluck picnic on the town green following the ceremony. Hot dogs and soda will be provided. Food donations will be gratefully accepted.

West Stockbridge

Parade marchers will assemble at 9:45 a.m. across from the West Stockbridge Congregational Church on Main Street. Step off will be at 10 a.m. The American Legion will hold services on the bridge at Mill Pond, at the cannon on the corner of Albany Road and State Line Road, and on the lawn in front of town offices at the former Village School on State Line Road. The ceremonies at the town offices will include singing, readings, an invocation and remembrances of veterans lost in the past year.


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