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Memorial Day brings out many in western Mass. for parades, remembrances

Cities and towns across the region celebrated Memorial Day throughout the weekend — including observers Monday morning at the long-running Memorial Day Parade in Florence, Massachusetts.

"We're enjoying the parade in Florence," said Ann-Marie Moggio. "We've been coming pretty much our whole life to celebrate and honor those who have lost their lives and served for us."

Earl Meunier is a veteran from the Vietnam era, when he served as an aircraft mechanic in Thailand. "I served for 20 years, until 1978," he said.

"I am here because my dad was a World War II vet," said Lori McCusker, "and it's important to thank the people who served and remember those who we've lost."

"I just come here very year to watch the parade and honor the people protecting our country," Doug Selkirk said.

"I love the music and seeing all the people that I know, and waving to them," said Gwen Leehan — just before she saw a few friends. "Hi guys! I'm too busy waving, sorry."

Before joining New England Public Media, Alden was a producer for the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes. In that role, he covered topics ranging from art, music and medicine to business, education and politics.