2004-05-28 / Front Page

Memorial Day Parades Sunday, Monday

Memorial Day Parades Sunday, Monday

There will be two Memorial Day Parades this year, with the Rockaway parade stepping off on Monday at 11 a.m. and the Broad Channel Parade beginning on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Daniel M. O’Connell Post of the American Legion will once again host a Memorial Day Parade in Rockaway on May 31.

This year’s parade will honor a number of local members of the armed forces.

The parade will kick off from St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard immediately after an 11 a.m. mass at the church.

The parade will march east on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, pausing for ceremonies at the memorial circle at Beach 121 Street and concluding at Beach 94 Street, between the Doughboy Monument and the GI Jane Statue that honors women who lost their lives in America’s wars.

One of the Grand Marshals for the parade is Rockaway resident James Trainor, a master sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, who served in Bosnia in 1997 and in Kuwait in 2001. Trainor, whose outfit, the 331st Military Intelligence Unit, has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He is an employee of the New York City Transit Authority.

Three United States Marine Corps members who serve at the Marine Corps Training Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn will also be honored. They are Staff Sergeant Fisher, Staff Sergeant Correa and Sergeant Trujillo, all of whom live in Rockaway.

Each of them has served in Iraq. In addition, Sergeant Trujillo saw action in Afghanistan.

Officials of the American Legion are asking Rockaway residents to come out and watch the parade to support the men and women who are currently fighting in foreign battles.

Those who have served in the armed forces are urged to join the march.

The Broad Channel Parade, sponsored by the Prince-Wynn American Legion Post, will step off on Cross Bay Boulevard just north of the toll booths at 1 p.m. There will be a service at the memorial triangle during the march.

The parade will follow an 11 a.m. memorial service at the Broad Channel Volunteer’s firehouse on Noel Road. That service will honor those of the community who died in service.

"Take a moment to remember those who gave their lives so that we can remain free," a legion official says.

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