Master Sgt. Luis DeLeon-Figueroa honored during Chicopee ceremony for Memorial Day

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Chicopee serviceman killed in Afghanistan two years ago-received special recognition during the Memorial Day observance in his hometown Monday.

Master Sergeant Luis Deleon Figueroa’s family members were in attendance for the Memorial Day service at American Legion Post 452 on Exchange street. Master Sergeant Figueroa is inscripted on the War on Terror Monument located at Chicopee’s War Memorial Plaza at the Dupont Memorial Middle School on Front street.

His grandmother, Teresa Bosque, told 22News of the pride she feels for her grandson, “Oh my god, so much I remember all of them, not only my grandson, wonderful guys they gave their lives honorably.”

Chicopee service men and women gathered as they do each Memorial Day to salute the memory of others in uniform who never returned home-who gave their very lives in defense of their country and their community.

Figueroa was killed in Afganistan in 2019 and was a Chicopee native. The ceremony will be recorded and aired at 7 p.m. tonight on Chicopee TV.

Originally known as Decoration Day, Veterans day began in the years following the Civil War when cities and towns across the country held spring-time tributes and decorated the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers.

Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day and was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1971. Veterans told 22News it’s important that people remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

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