Posted: 6/7/2021 17:13:28 PM
The spirit of American grace was alive and well in Hatfield on Sunday May 30, even in the rain.
Kudos to the Town of Hatfield and the Memorial Day Parade Committee who persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic to produce a beautiful hometown parade amidst a torrential downpour.
From small children to the elderly, all were welcomed to Hatfield for the celebration. It was a big break from all the vitriol we’ve been through lately.
The same goes for the Florence parade, which was held on May 31. The people of these communities have started to reopen and welcome our friends and neighbors who have spent the last year socially isolated and, in many cases, locked up.
Residents of both communities clapping and waving from their pop-up tents, umbrellas, cars and porches reminded us that we should all be kind to each other.
These parades also reminded people how lucky we are to be residents of beautiful Pioneer Valley. I was proud to represent the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department at these welcoming events in honor of those who have sacrificed so much for our country.
Patrick J. Cahillane
Hampshire County Sheriff