2003-05-30 / Community

Sparse But Committed Wet Crowd Views Rockaway Memorial Day Parade

Sparse But Committed Wet Crowd Views Rockaway Memorial Day Parade


BCHS band member Amy Grosshandler plays taps for the ceremony.BCHS band member Amy Grosshandler plays taps for the ceremony.
The Rockaway Memorial Day Parade was held on Monday during a torrential rainfall that did little to dampen the spirits of those who took part or those who marched. One family stood in the rain for a half-hour for the parade to pass.The Rockaway Memorial Day Parade was held on Monday during a torrential rainfall that did little to dampen the spirits of those who took part or those who marched. One family stood in the rain for a half-hour for the parade to pass.Steve Cooper, the president of the Frank Avenue Civic Association marched a lonely route.Steve Cooper, the president of the Frank Avenue Civic Association marched a lonely route.

The flag bearers from the O’Connell American Legion Post, the organization that sponsors the parade, steps off during a driving rainstorm.The flag bearers from the O’Connell American Legion Post, the organization that sponsors the parade, steps off during a driving rainstorm.Members of the American Legion post.Members of the American Legion post.

The Beach Channel High School band hung in there all the way and provided music for the marchers.The Beach Channel High School band hung in there all the way and provided music for the marchers.The legion post’s Women’s Auxiliary.The legion post’s Women’s Auxiliary.

The Vietnam Veterans of America marched in the parade for the first time.The Vietnam Veterans of America marched in the parade for the first time.The Rockaway Council of the Knights of Columbus.The Rockaway Council of the Knights of Columbus.

More than fifty residents came to the Memorial Circle on Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard for a quick ceremony.More than fifty residents came to the Memorial Circle on Beach 121 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard for a quick ceremony.At the Memorial Circle, officials from the American Legion read the names of those  Rockaway residents who had died in America’s wars.At the Memorial Circle, officials from the American Legion read the names of those Rockaway residents who had died in America’s wars.

A lone observer stands in the driving rainstorm, waiting for the parade.A lone observer stands in the driving rainstorm, waiting for the parade.

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