Amherst Color Guard leads the parade
This morning Amherst celebrated Memorial Day in a somber but fitting manner, reaching back 150 years to the most bloody conflict in American history, the Civil War. Retired Amherst College physics professor Robert Romer discussed the 300 men from Amherst--57 who gave their last measure of devotion (5 of them black)--to save the Union and emancipate the slaves.
Sacred Dead Tablets" put on public display.
Bob Romer, retired Amherst College professor, discussed the town and Amherst College's contributions to the Civil War
Stephanie O'Keeffe, John Musante, Stan Rosenberg, Diana Stein, Alisa Brewer
Amherst Fire Department
Amherst Police Department
Hopkins Academy Marching Band (parked)
The event at War Memorial Pool (built soon after War World 2 ended) was rich in symbolic ceremony: The Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, taps played twice, the second time in a hauntingly softer manner, reading names of veterans lost over the past year and finally restoring Old Glory from half to full staff with everyone in uniform standing at attention saluting, the crowd with their hands over their hearts.