City of Pittsfield's annual Veterans Day Ceremony

The City of Pittsfield’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov 11, at Veterans Memorial Park on South Street, rain or shine. Please note that a parade will not be held this year and there will be limited attendance at the ceremony.

As a reminder, those in attendance are required to wear masks and maintain social distance.

The event lineup includes Mayor Linda Tyer who will read the Veterans Day Proclamation. Richard Kurek, Chaplain of VFW Post 448, will introduce the Veteran of the Year: Army Air Corps World War II Veteran Anthony Pastore. The Master of Ceremonies will be John Herrera, former Marine, retired Coast Guardsman, and the city’s Director of Veterans’ Services.

Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) will televise the ceremony on CityLink 1303 and PCTV Select available at PCTV.org, as well as on Roku and Apple devices. Additionally, PCTV’s Access Pittsfield (Channel 1301) will air a marathon of “The Veteran’s Forum” from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The series, part of the Veterans’ History Project, was started in 2007 by Robert Stevens, US Navy SeaBee veteran who served in WWII.  Stevens passed away at the age of 95 in late May of this year due to complications of COVID-19, said Matthew Tucker, Public Access Coordinator at PCTV.

“Based on his long work telling veterans’ stories – he produced 65 episodes of “The Veteran's Forum” in Pittsfield, and then produced over a 100 more as a resident of Nashua, NH, we felt this a fitting tribute to both him, and the people whose stories he told,” Tucker said.

For more information, please contact Herrera at 413-499-9433.