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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Friday, May 28, 2021
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Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army
Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 31. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

Closed:
Federal, state and local offices; no mail delivery.
Banks
Public colleges and schools, most private schools
Public libraries
Most offices and businesses
BRTA is not running

Open:
Most retail outlets, groceries
Restaurants and bars, by choice
Convenience stores

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parades and observances have been canceled or limited. If you are aware of any observances or events, let us know at info@iBerkshires.com.

Adams: On Sunday, May 30, the American Legion Post #160 Past Commanders Club will be making their 86th pilgrimage to the monument on top of Mt. Greylock.  Past Commander Don Sommer the Dean of the Past Commanders along with Past Commander David Smachetti will conduct the ceremonies.  All Legion Posts in the county have been invited.  The Legion invites the public to participate in these ceremonies.

Participants will leave the Adams American Legion at 7:30 a.m.

A ceremony will be held at the Maple Street Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 31, with a program to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. 

The memorial address will be delivered by Lt. Col. Francis Bourdon, who served 35 years in the Massachusetts National Guard and retired as intelligence and security chief for the commonwealth. The firing squad of American Legion Post 160 will render a rifle volley. 

Cheshire: The Memorial Day Parade will take place beginning at 1 p.m. from School Street and march down Church, Dean, Richmond and Route 8 back to Church and to the War Memorial at Town Hall. A short ceremony will take place at the memorial. 

Egremont: Starting from the South Egremont Fire Station at 12:30 p.m., marching to the Village Green, where a short ceremony recognizing the lives lost will be held, then the parade will return to the South Egremont Fire Station. George Blanco will be Grand Marshal.

Lenox: The Lenox VFW hosts a wave parade starting at noon from Town Hall that will travel along Church, Housatonic, Crystal, Walker, East, Delafield, Pine Knoll, East, New Lenox and Route 20 to return to Main Street. 

Lenox Dale: The Annual Memorial Day Parade in Lenox Dale has been canceled again this year due to public health reasons.  There will be an abbreviated ceremony to honor our war dead at Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day, May 31 beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Face masks and social distancing regulations will be required.

North Adams: There will be no parade this year. This year’s ceremony will be held at the American Legion at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day. The Drury High School Band will play the "Star-Spangled Banner" followed by a few words from Mayor Thomas Bernard. Major Jacob Schutz, Mass Army National Guard is the keynote speaker. 

Pittsfield: Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Pittsfield Cemetery on Wahconah Street, rain or shine. The event lineup includes Mayor Linda Tyer and guest speaker Staff Sgt. P.J. Hunt with the

Army National Guard. The master of ceremonies is Fran Tremblay, former Marine, commander of Vietnam Veterans Association, Chapter 65. PCTV will televise the ceremony on CityLink 1303 and its other access platforms including on its Facebook page.
 
Monterey: There will be a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park at 10:30 a.m.
 
Richmond: The Selectmen, Local Veterans and Students of Richmond Consolidated School as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice Monday, May 31 at 9:00 a.m. - rain or shine at the Richmond School

West Stockbridge: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at South Street and continue on through Main Street to end at Town Hall, where there will be a short ceremony at in front of the War Memorial at 10:30 a.m.

Williamstown: The American Legion honor guard will be holding brief observances in each of the cemeteries and Field Park and will finish by calling the honor roll at Eastlawn Cemetery.

 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is urging the public to plan ahead if traveling Memorial Day Weekend, and to expect an increased volume of travelers this year. In addition, travelers should note that Massachusetts COVID-19 prevention health protocols remain in place during the weekend holiday, with most restrictions lifting as of Monday, May 29. 

All scheduled road work around the Memorial Day Weekend is postponed. The I-93 Boston-Quincy High Occupancy (HOV) lane will deploy early for the holiday weekend, opening at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, and opening at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 28. The HOV lane will not be deployed on Monday, May 31.

The Cape Flyer beings service on Friday, May 28, through Sept. 6. Find the full schedule here.

Sign up at the 511 Traveler Information Service to receive personalized travel information alerts via email, text or telephone. MassDOT as always reminds drivers to avoid using cell phones while driving. Call into the 511 service before departing. Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.

CapeFLYER weekend rail service to Cape Cod and the Islands resumes Friday, May 24, through Labor Day. Visit www.capeflyer.com  for complete schedules and ticket information.

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