A large crowd showed up under threatening skies on Memorial Day to honor those Rockaway residents who died in foreign wars. The marchers held three ceremonies – the first at the Four Chaplains Memorial at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street, the second at the Memorial Circle on Beach 121 Street and the third at the site of the Doughboy and GI Jane Monuments on Beach 94 Street.
The Beach Channel High School Band kept the cadence as the marchers moved east on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Massed Colors at the Doughboy Monument on Memorial Day
Monsignor Geraghty of St. Francis and Father Gillen of St. Rose of Lima led the prayers at the Four Chaplains Memorial.
Congressman Gregory Meeks meets a veteran.
The Sea Cadets, homeported at Floyd Bennett Field, added a uniform touch to the parade.
The Rockaway Artists Alliance marched in the parade.
Police officers from the 100 Precinct escorted the parade. Pictured are Lieutenant Leonard and Community Affairs Officers Kenny Beecher and Pete Rahaniotis.
Congressman Anthony Weiner with a local veteran.
A group of local residents who called themselves “The Young Patriots” joined the parade.
The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary line up at the monuments.
Members of the Daniel M. O’Connell American Legion Post sponsored the parade.
There was a moving ceremony at the Memorial Circle on Beach 121 Street
Local Politicians salute the flag as taps is played.