2000-05-27 / Editorial/Opinion

Come Out On Memorial Day

Three-day weekends are the best. It’s a time to rest, spend time with family and friends, and get those things done that we have been neglecting. This weekend is much more than that. On Monday, May 29, we celebrate Memorial Day, a special day set aside by Americans to pay tribute to those from our families and our communities who died in war. Memorial Day is about recalling the service and sacrifice of those patriots who paid with their lives to protect freedoms all Americans enjoy today.

In the midst of your barbecues, day at the beach, shopping at the mall, we are asking residents to come out to honor our veterans. Rockaway’s Memorial Day parade is on Monday, kicking-off at noon on Rockaway Beach boulevard and Beach 129 street. The parade heads downs to Veterans Memorial Circle on Beach 121 street and concludes at the Doughboy Monument on Beach 95 street. Weather reports say it’s going to be a beautiful day, so there should be no reason to not grab the kids and head out onto the corner, cheering our veterans as they march by.

All Americans have a civic obligation to observe Memorial Day to ensure that the sacrifices of our soldiers, airmen, and marines were not in vain. By honoring those who died in service to our nation, we preserve their memory and remember those things they fought and died for: the flag, our constitution, our rules of law, our way of life, our special tolerance of the rights of others, our freedom, and the willingness of Americans to give their lives and spend their national resources so that people, anywhere and everywhere, can live in freedom.

Coming out on Monday is effortless compared to what these men and women did for America and many countries around the globe. Our support for veterans and our remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice shouldn’t begin and end Monday. We need to advocate members of Congress to continue to account for those who are POW/MIA, support efforts to ban the desecration of the American Flag, and provide immediate financial support for our VA Hospitals (which have been in disarray for years). This is a battle we must fight everyday.

So, whether it is coming out to support the parade, placing a flag outside your home, or visiting the grave of a departed loved one who served in the armed forces, we must continue to commemorate Memorial Day and say "thank you" to those whose patriotism and courage have given us freedom and peace.

Good Job MTA

Work on the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge is moving along smoothly and we have to say the MTA Bridges and Tunnels has been doing a good job. From the beginning of this project, the MTA reached out to the community, discussing plans for the three-year rehabilitation of the bridge. They made changes where necessary and still are flexible as the work progresses. It’s inevitable that traffic will sometimes back-up during this project, but the MTA has continued to make strides to reduce that problem. Overall, we applaud the MTA for a job well done and can’t wait to see the finished product.



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