CITY OF CHICOPEE MEMORIAL DAY ACTIVITIES
CHICOPEE – On Memorial Day, the holiday that seeks to pay tribute to those who gave their lives serving in the military, many will pay respects to those who died by participating in Memorial Day events. The Chicopee Veterans’ Memorial and Patriotic Committee and the Chicopee Department of Veterans’ Services ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.
Stephanie Shaw, Director of Veterans’ Services says, “The last Monday in May has held the traditions for Memorial Day for nearly 50 years now. From putting up flags, attending family picnics, making speeches, and marching in parades. People have been coming together in community spirit and national unity for all generations of loved ones lost in service to be remembered on this very special day since 1868 and is no different in 2019, 150 years later. I am proud to be a part of the planning and organization of the parade, and I look forward to sharing with all of you who will be joining us to celebrate here in Chicopee." The public is invited to all the 2019 Memorial Day activities.
On Sunday, May 26th at the Vietnam Veterans’ Plaza on Chicopee Street there will be a Candle-light Ceremony at 7:00 pm hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of Western Massachusetts Chapter one-eleven.
Monday, May 27, 2019, the parade will assemble at 8:00 a.m. at the American Legion Post 452 located at 37 Exchange Street. The parade will kick off at 10:00 a.m. and march down Exchange Street, left onto Center Street and proceed around City Hall and up Front Street to the Chicopee Veterans’ Memorial Plaza at the First Sergeant Kevin A. Dupont Memorial Middle School. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will commence at 10:00 am at the American Legion Post 452. Notification will be on News Channels 22 and 40.