Williamstown Memorial Day parade draws hundreds

WILLIAMSTOWN – The Williamstown Memorial Day Parade drew hundreds of citizens from their homes Monday morning to show respect to those who had served their country.

The parade went from Tomlinson Park to Riverview Cemetery, and led up to a wreath-laying ceremony honoring deceased veterans held within the cemetery.

The parade was sponsored by American Legion Post 159, officials said. It began with a display of motorcycles, followed by the color guard carried by members of the American Legion.

Among those groups taking part in the parade were Boy Scout Troop 215, the Williamstown High School Marching Band, several baseball and softball teams, and a display of horses from the Yellow Rose Stable. A hot rod and several classic cars rounded out the parade’s displays.

Doug Meeks, First Vice Commander of AL Post 159, delivered the tribute to veterans who had lost their lives at Riverview Cemetery. Hundreds of citizens gathered to listen to the event.

Meeks spoke of how those who joined the military after Sept. 11, 2001, have never known a time of peace while serving. There have been 1.6 million Americans in combat zones since 2001, he said.

“It is hard to feel anything when numbers are spoken from a podium. Numbers aren’t friends or family members or names that we know,” Meeks said.

AL Post 159 Commander Matt Roberts delivered the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a prayer by Chaplain Jamie Brough.

The ceremony paused to listen to the Williamstown Strings student group perform a musical piece, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post placed a wreath on the memorial in the center of the garden.

A rifle salute ended the ceremony, followed by Williamstown High School Marching Band students playing “Taps” on their trumpets.