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Springfield Honors Vets with Parade, City Hall Ceremony


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Hundreds gathered in Springfield Monday to pay tribute to those who served our country.

Events in Springfield Monday began with a parade that stepped off from Springfield Technical Community College.

Thomas Belton, Sr., the city’s Veterans Affairs Director, served as this year’s Parade Marshall.

After heading down State Street to Main Street, the parade ended with an event in Court Square, on the steps of Springfield City Hall.

ROTC units from across the city lined the steps of City Hall and joined State Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera and Mayor Domenic Sarno for the downtown ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day.

Earlier this month, the city named Col. Roland Blanchard as their Veteran of the Year. Blanchard, who has been honored with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, served in the Army from 1943-1946 and was honorably discharged following his service during World War II.

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