Agawam Congregational Church hosts annual Memorial Day sermon

Hampden County

A church service honoring veterans was held in Agawam Sunday.

Sunday’s annual Memorial Service at Agawam Congregational church has become a very important event in the lives of veterans. 

Pastor Greg Dawson told 22News, “Jesus said no man, no greater love is it that a man lay down his life for his friends, but even greater is to lay your life down for your neighbor, for your stranger, for the person you’ve never met. 

Dawson also told 22News the cost of freedom isn’t free and today and everyday we need to remember that price.

Steve Cimma, a 27 year United States Air Force veteran told 22News Memorial Day makes him emotional, “Yeah, Memorial day is very emotional, especially if you know some of the names of the plaques and the walls.”

More than one million Americans have died in all U.S wars combined, and for that ultimate sacrifice, there’s not one place in Agawam where you wont notice an American flag flying high. 

Cimma added, “Understand the sacrifices that these people made, that’s why we have Memorial day. To remember and honor those who we lost in wars. It needs to be understood.”

In 2001, Agawam became home to the first Veterans Memorial cemetery in Massachusetts. 

It’s now the resting place for 9,400 veterans and their family members, and every year around Memorial Day, the peaceful cemetery becomes a second home for its visitors. 

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