Northampton Veterans Day Parade canceled due to low participation

Hampshire County

There will be no Veterans Day Parade in Northampton.

Main Street in Northampton won’t be filled with music and marchers this Veterans Day.

Tim Daley with the Northampton Veterans Council said the parade began as a way to welcome soldiers returning from World War One. But he said low participation lead the Veterans Council to cancel this year’s parade.

“Our Memorial Day Parade in Florence is outstanding, the streets are packed,” Daley told 22News. “Northampton has not responded to veterans.”

The parade used to wind down Main Street, from Lampron Park to Pulaski Park, where a ceremony is held. There will still be a ceremony and the annual breakfast this month. But after nearly a century, the parade is no more. At least for now.

“I think the plans in the future probably, we may do the same parade the Veterans Day Parade in Florence, where we get participation,” Daley said.

Veterans Council member and VFW Post 8006 Commander, Tom Pease, said the number of parade spectators has shrunk, along with marchers.

“We are losing some of our marchers,” Pease told 22News. “The World War II guys can’t march, Korean War guys can’t march. We’re losing Vietnam veterans too.”

But he said the parade remains an important tradition.

“I hope we can sit down and do something different in the future,” Pease said. “This means a lot to us veterans, that are still here, still alive, and still trying to keep the spirit alive.”

The city’s Veteran Services Department said the parade is not permanently gone and could return in the future.

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