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Agawam holds Memorial Day parade and ceremony

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AGAWAM, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

The cooler temperatures this morning didn’t stop folks from lining Main Street in Agawam as the town honored the memory of men and women who didn’t return home while serving our country.
 
A sea of red, white, and blue flooded Main Street in Agawam to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
 
One of them is Army veteran Michael Chavez.
 
"I'm here living. I am very grateful for that but we need to pay them homage," said Chavez. 
 
For Michael, Memorial Day is much more than a day away from work.
 
"We are here enjoying our freedom and they are gone and buried," Chavez noted. 

The parade featured reenactors, fire trucks and marching bands.
 
Directly following the parade was a ceremony at the Veteran Green on Main Street for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
 
Each toll of the bell represented a name of a brave man or woman who was killed while serving our country.

The ceremony took place just two miles away from the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery where thousands of servicemen and women have been laid to rest.

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