Veterans Host Ceremonies, But No Parade, This Coming Memorial Day

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Area veteran groups have informed the town that they will not present a Memorial Day parade this year, but will hold honorary ceremonies at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget's Cemetery in Housatonic and at 11 a.m. at Town Hall, on Monday, May 29. The public is invited.

The Memorial Day tradition honors men and women who have died while serving in the U.S military.

Veteran groups noted declining participation among veterans in recent years as influencing their decision to suspend activities this year.

"While we will miss our annual parade in downtown Great Barrington and Housatonic, we encourage our town residents to remember the significance of this day in our nation's history," said Selectboard Chair Stephen Bannon.