Color guards and classic cars are set to hit North County streets in honor of locals lost to war, with North Adams and the area's towns all having Memorial Day functions planned for Monday.
In North Adams, events begin at 9:30 a.m., when a parade sets off from the American Legion Post 125 at 91 American Legion Drive headed east on Main Street and continuing north on Eagle Street.
"We usually have quite a big community turnout," Veronica Bosley, the city's director of tourism, said. "... [The parade] culminates at the Veterans Memorial. It's very nice to showcase that part of the city -- for what it means and also because it's a beautiful space."
The master of ceremonies will be U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Bruce Shepley, and Mayor Richard J. Alcombright and state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, are slated to deliver addresses, Cariddi's being the keynote. Eighth-grade Drury High School student Billy Galipeau, recipient of the George Angeli Award, will read the Gettysburg Address.
Residents of Hancock are encouraged to bring out classic cars and take part in their parade, a switch from last year when tractors were the calling card.
"Every year we try to do something to encourage the town to take part and have a little fun," Missy Leab, organizer with the Fire Department, said.
Children may also decorate their bicycles and join the procession. The parade takes off at 11 a.m. from the southern end of Main Street and heads towards Route 43 and the cemetery.
The higher elevations of Adams will get a head start on the holiday's observance on Sunday, at 9 a.m., when American Legion officials hold a ceremony on the summit of Mount Greylock in the Veterans War Memorial Tower. Organized by Adams American Legion Post 160, the event will gather members of both the Adams and North Adams Legion posts.
On Monday, Army Lt. Col. Frederick Laura is set to deliver the address at the town of Adams' Memorial Day observance.
Laura, a town native and 1989 Hoosac graduate, served two combat tours in Iraq and now chiefs Intelligence Operations at the U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Belvoir, Va.
A pair of Hoosac Valley Middle & High School students will also take part, with 11th-grader Tyler Carpenter reciting the Gettysburg Address and eighth-grader Kaylea Nocher presenting "In Flanders Field."
That ceremony takes off from Adams Memorial School, at 10 a.m.
To the south and three hours later at 1 p.m., Cheshire's parade will take off from the Senior Center on School Street, headed for the Cheshire Cemetery.
"We'd like to call out as many veterans as possible to ride the old Diamond T [town fire engine]," Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said.
In Florida, a small function is scheduled across from Town Hall at the town memorial at noon, and then residents are invited to attend Savoy's parade, where participants will be gathering at 3:15 p.m. between River and Lower Loop roads to for that town's sixth annual Fire Truck Parade.
Other towns, too, are participating and awards are to go to the best looking three fire trucks.
Clarksburg and Williamstown also have scheduled parades, each at 9:30 a.m.
Clarksburg's leaves from Town Hall and Williamstown's is routed from the bottom of Spring Street to Field Park, where the honor guard will give a gun salute and play taps.
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