Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 25. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

Federal, state and local offices; no mail delivery.
Public colleges and schools, most private schools
Public libraries
Most offices and businesses

BRTA is not running

Most retail outlets, groceries
Restaurants and bars, by choice
Convenience stores

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parades and observances have been canceled or limited. If you are aware of any observances or events, let us know at

North Adams: Northern Berkshire Community Television will broadcast a Memorial Day program on Monday.

Williamstown: The American Legion honor guard will be holding brief observances in each of the cemeteries.

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