Veterans Day Parades Face Declining Interest In Western Massachusetts
Northampton, Massachusetts, won't be holding a parade on Veterans Day this year — in part because of declining attendance.
It's not the only city seeing that trend.
It will be the first time in decades that Northampton has not held the annual parade.
Brad LeVay is president of the Veterans Council of Northampton. He said they had a hard time getting enough vets to march.
"Most of the World War II veterans, they can't walk in a parade," he said. "And not only that, the crowd — the citizens — are not there any more," he said.
LeVay said younger veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem less interested in participating.
"We find there are far more people in the parade than there are lining the streets," she said. "State Street is almost empty, as though it wasn't even a parade at all that day."