AGAWAM, Mass (WWLP) – Every Veterans Day, we salute millions of men and women, who risked their lives serving our country.
Agawam residents, veterans, and elected leaders honored their sacrifice and service at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. It’s one of two cemeteries in the state that is devoted solely to veterans.
“We’re very fortunate to have this hallowed ground in Agawam, said Mayor Bill Sapelli. “Its so fortunate that we have it here and we can thank them ona regualr basis not just on Veterans Day.”
There are more than 388,000 veterans who live in Massachusetts. The people who were here wanted to thank them for their service and praise them for their courage and bravery. The veterans day ceremony included the pledge of allegiance, and emotional speeches. Veterans stood up and were applauded as their branch’s fight song played.
State representative John Velis shared his personal experience as a U.S. Army captain in Afghanistan.
“This is very personal to me. Last year at this time I was in Afghanistan, so my thoughts right now are with those who are still out there and all over the world,” said State. Rep. Velis. “All the things we take for granted aren’t possible without our service members.”
We’ve been celebrating Veterans Day in the U.S. for exactly 100 years. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11th, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.