Veterans Share Poetry on Experiences for Memorial DayMay 30, 2017 | :
by Shelby Ashline
GREENFIELD — In honor of Memorial Day, Preston Hood of Colrain stood on a hill alongside Poet’s Seat Tower Saturday afternoon and read personal poems inspired by his son Arrick.
As birds chirped and fluttered across the cloud-speckled sky behind him, Hood, a Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War, told listeners about Arrick, a Marine, who committed suicide in 2001 at the age of 21.
“Child on a swing, what snapped in you?” Hood read.
Leaving his small cement podium, Hood embraced Eric Wasileski, associate coordinator of Veterans for Peace Chapter 95, also known as the Daniel Shays Brigade.