Date Visited: May 30, 2016
Location: Main St, Agawam, MA (corner of School St & Main St)
Parking: There is no off street parking but there are some lots across the street and a small parking area just before the memorial.
On this important day, I thought it would be good to showcase one of the many war memorials in the Western Massachusetts area. The Veterans Green Memorial Park, nestled in front of the Phelps Elementary School, is one of these tasteful memorials.
The memorial, which recognizes every person who has died in war from the Agawam area dating all the way back to the American Revolutionary War.
Due to the inclement weather and unpredictable weather patterns of the area (it is New England after all), parades and memorials were cancelled this year which gave me full access to the site but probably disappointed a lot of likely parade watchers. There is usually a ceremony each year at the site and it looked strange not seeing any parades or people reveling in the streets and sidewalks during the day.
The Benjamin Phelps Elementary School is located behind the memorial and a gazebo stands just off the side of the memorial.
What stands out most about the memorial is the bell. It symbolizes so much; the tones rung out during remembrances, the readiness and alert nature of our armed forces and the ringing out of victory and freedom.
Happy memorial and remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.