Springfield annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony was held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

Mayor Domenic Sarno and Congressman Richard Neal spoke briefly from the city hall steps across from Court Square, from the monuments bearing the names of Springfield’s war heroes from many conflicts.

A wreath was placed at the Court Square park as it is every year but never before by so few.

Springfield’s Director of Veteran Services Tom Belton told 22News, “Keeping with this new way we do things because of the virus. We weren’t able to get out and do all the flags we do every year.”

“Even though we cannot hold our usual Memorial Day Ceremony gathering, now more than ever, we still want to acknowledge and honor our veterans, who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.  Though we cannot be together physically, we are together spiritually to honor the memory of our brave and dedicated veterans.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

The ceremony was livestreamed on the city’s Communications Facebook page.

Because of restrictions governing the size of gatherings into the foreseeable future, many of us here in Western Massachusetts will honor America’s war dead on Monday through virtual observances, as will take place at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

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