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Western Mass. Honors Veterans with Ceremonies, Parades

AGAWAM/ WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)- Although it is important to always remember, today in particular we thank the men and women who serve in our Nation’s Military.

Today we met Veteran, Frankie Mazzei, at the ceremony in Agawam. He served in both the United States Army and Air Force. “I’ve traveled around the word many times and got the chance to meet and see and live the different cultures,” says Mazzei.

Now he is thankful to be an active member of the Agawam community. “I got the chance to come home and have a second chance at life,” he adds.

And Agawam’s Veteran of the Year is proud to say he has served our country. “The military to me was the greatest thing I ever did. It determined my future,” says Henry Kozloski.

Many in town gathered to stand by these heroes today. “This is the only state in the country that has a Veteran’s agent in each and every city,” explains Richard Girard, Veteran’s Service Officer.

“It’s a wonderful start to the holiday season to remember those who keep us free,” adds Agawam Mayor, Richard Cohen.

And while students weren’t in the classroom today, the education never stops. In West Springfield children received a first-hand look at what Veterans Day is all about.

“Veteran’s Day is the people who saved our country,” says 7 year old Mikayla Gallant.

Many watched the parade coming through town. Students, Police Officers, active Military and of course Veterans all participated.

All of those in attendance were there to celebrate, honor, and remember.

“You see a lot of people clapping and waving and showing support. The Military needs that kind of support,” says U.S. Air Force Veteran, Michael Zuffelato.

This kind of support we must continue to show 365 days a year.

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