WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - West Springfield's Memorial Day parade brings people out to show their respect for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for America's freedom.
Veterans and community groups participate in the parade, which runs from St. Thomas the Apostle School to the Town Common, where a ceremony is held.
At the ceremony, a roll call of the town's war dead was read; from those who died in the American Revolution through PFC Kenneth Iwasinki , who was killed fighting in Iraq in 2007.
At the ceremony, West Springfield Veterans Services Director James Berrelli passed out buttons remembering Iwasinski.
"I think it's very important so people don't forget the young men who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the people of West Springfield all the way back to Revolutionary War time," Berrelli said.
The West Springfield parade is one of the larger western Massachusetts observances honoring America's fallen heroes; drawing hundreds of people.