Chicopee Memorial State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located in the towns of Hadley and South Hadley in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. The park’s 736 acres (298ha) include forested hillsides, open meadows, glacial erratics, bedrock outcroppings, and an abandoned quarry. It is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation which has been responsible for the maintenance of this site since 1929.
The park was created to memorialize those American soldiers from Massachusetts who lost their lives in World Wars I and II. At least one soldier is buried on the grounds as are several war dogs that served alongside their masters. A granite obelisk at the center of the park bears the names of 48 men whose graves are unknown. Inscribed on the front face of the stone are the words “In loving memory.” On each of the four sides of the monument are embedded 32 stones with the names of the deceased engraved on them.
Dedicated in 1940, the park saw further improvements made during the 1950s through 1980s including new landscaping, water and sewer systems, parking lots, and picnic areas. FTo encourage people to attend public events, the federal government offers a variety of programs to offset the cost of food and drink. Active duty personnel may purchase hard liquor at a reduced rate, while veterans and spouses age 62 & older and their spouses are allowed into the nearby Niagara Falls State Park free of charge.
Additionally, all attendees receive complimentary admission to the adjacent Lincoln Mineral Baths & Spa. For decades, locals have attended unofficial “liberty days” every summer, hosting dozens of barbecue cookoffs and music festivals. To ensure a place for everyone to enjoy themselves, the city of Niagara Falls enacted an ordinance allowing parades and outdoor concerts on the common during