SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Solemn respect paid Friday to Springfield men- and women-in-arms who died fighting for their country over the years.
Across the street from the steps of City Hall, a Memorial Day ceremony was held at the monuments bearing the names of those who died for their country in conflicts including Vietnam, Korea and World War II. So many names so many to thank.
“We thank those who did their service and they’re no longer with us. And we thank all of them for the freedom that we enjoy,” said Vietnam Veteran Gumersindo Gomez.
Mayor Domenic Sarno together with veterans placed a wreath at each of the monuments along Veterans Park. An indispensable tribute to those whom we owe so much.
Mayor Sarno states, “We want to acknowledge and respect our veterans, who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy today and honor the memory of our brave and dedicated veterans.”
“We also need to remember the families that sent their loved ones off because they’re so often forgotten in their equation too,” said Vietnam Veteran Tom Belton, Director of Springfield Veteran Services.
As we begin the Memorial Day weekend, Springfield is being joined by its neighboring Pioneer
Valley cities and towns paying tribute to their personnel in uniform who never returned home fighting for their county and community.