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Memorial Day Observances Underway


Communities across the region pause this weekend to honor military veterans who gave their lives in service to the country.

  Veterans and elected officials placed wreaths Friday at the five veterans’ monuments located in Springfield’s Court Square.  

  Congressman Richard Neal referred to the site as “hallowed ground.”   He noted the names of several of his high school classmates are on the Vietnam War Memorial.

   " Vietnam was a searing experience for the American people, but the ( veteran's) contribution should  never be slighted," he said.

  The Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam will be the location of a Memorial Day commemoration Monday.

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