Where to celebrate Veterans Day in Franklin County, North Quabbin

  • Tom Travis and Norman Cousino, both Korean War era veterans from Greenfield, bow their heads during the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2019 Veterans Day services at Veterans Mall in Greenfield. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 11/9/2021 3:27:51 PM
Modified: 11/9/2021 6:19:19 PM

Editor’s Note: Below is a list of Veterans Day ceremonies being held across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

Athol

Ceremonies will be held Thursday beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the park on Starrett Avenue, across from the Uptown Fire Station. Remembrances will then be held on the Uptown Common, the monument across the street from Town Hall, and at Veterans Park at the corner of Main and Exchange streets. The guest speaker will be Louis Brault of the American Legion Department of Massachusetts.

Greenfield

The Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans’ Services District will hold its annual Veterans Day parade on Thursday.

The parade will form at the Greenfield Middle School parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and begin at 10 a.m. The Greenfield High School band will provide music along the route, which will head south on Federal Street and continue west on Main Street to the Veterans Mall, where a ceremony will be held.

The guest speaker is expected to be Master Sgt. Danielle Pelletier, a recent Air Force retiree with more than 20 years of service across the United States and globe.

Montague

The Soldiers Memorial Committee will hold a ceremony Thursday at Soldiers Memorial Park on Avenue A in Turners Falls beginning at 10:30 a.m. Vice Chair John Murphy will give a speech, followed by the “11th Hour Ceremony,” courtesy of the Montague Elks Club.

Orange

Orange American Legion Post 172 will hold its Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Park in Orange at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Petersham

A Veterans Day dinner will be held at Quabbin Woods Restaurant at 8 Barre Road. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, call 978-724-3321 to reserve a spot. There is no cost.

Sunderland

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held Wednesday at the veterans memorial at 12 School St. at 9:30 a.m. The Hale-Clapp Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3295, the University of Massachusetts Color Guard and a guest speaker will be in attendance. Sunderland Elementary School students will also attend to learn why Veterans Day is observed and how they can serve the community.

Whately

The town will hold a dedication ceremony and celebration at 1 p.m. Thursday for the newly improved veterans memorial in front of Town Hall at 194 Chestnut Plain Road.


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