2004-06-18 / Community

Clinton Visits Broad Channel For Legion Parade, Views BCVFD Firehouse

Clinton Visits Broad Channel For Legion Parade, Views BCVFD Firehouse


Senator Hillary Clinton sped from the funeral of President Ronald Reagan to New York last Friday so that she could attend the annual Queens County American Legion Parade in Broad Channel. Clinton spent many hours in the community, chatting with locals, signing autographs and posing for pictures. After a few hours at the American Legion Hall, she went to the Broad Channel Volunteer’s firehouse and promised them help in finding funding for a new firehouse. Pictured, Local vet Frank Dowd, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Clinton.Senator Hillary Clinton sped from the funeral of President Ronald Reagan to New York last Friday so that she could attend the annual Queens County American Legion Parade in Broad Channel. Clinton spent many hours in the community, chatting with locals, signing autographs and posing for pictures. After a few hours at the American Legion Hall, she went to the Broad Channel Volunteer’s firehouse and promised them help in finding funding for a new firehouse. Pictured, Local vet Frank Dowd, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Clinton.
Many local politicians showed up for the ceremony and parade. Among them were, from left, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Senator Clinton, and Congressman Anthony Weiner. Behind them is local Republican leader and Broad Channel President Ed O’Hare. Not shown, but present, was City Councilman Joe Addabbo.Many local politicians showed up for the ceremony and parade. Among them were, from left, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Senator Clinton, and Congressman Anthony Weiner. Behind them is local Republican leader and Broad Channel President Ed O’Hare. Not shown, but present, was City Councilman Joe Addabbo.Members of the Broad Channel Volunteers met with Senator Clinton, seeking funds for a new firehouse. From left, they are Chief Andrew Knee, Assistant Chief Thomas Larkin, Clinton, and Ed Wilmarth II.Members of the Broad Channel Volunteers met with Senator Clinton, seeking funds for a new firehouse. From left, they are Chief Andrew Knee, Assistant Chief Thomas Larkin, Clinton, and Ed Wilmarth II.

A large, patriotic crowd attended the ceremony at the 17 Road Park.A large, patriotic crowd attended the ceremony at the 17 Road Park.Clinton presents a Congressional proclamation to the brother of Ralph Mattola, an army corporal who was killed in action in Korea on August 1, 1952. Five families were presented with medals and proclamations in memory of their relatives who died in the Korean War.Clinton presents a Congressional proclamation to the brother of Ralph Mattola, an army corporal who was killed in action in Korea on August 1, 1952. Five families were presented with medals and proclamations in memory of their relatives who died in the Korean War.

Broad Channel resident Captain Mario Mancuso, who is just back from Iraq, told the crowd, “For those of you who do not know Broad Channel, this is America.”Broad Channel resident Captain Mario Mancuso, who is just back from Iraq, told the crowd, “For those of you who do not know Broad Channel, this is America.”Clinton spent lots of time meeting with local residents.Clinton spent lots of time meeting with local residents.

The Broad Channel Prince-Wynn Post of the American Legion flag bearers lead off the parade.The Broad Channel Prince-Wynn Post of the American Legion flag bearers lead off the parade.A number of Korean War veterans attended the ceremony and marched in the parade.A number of Korean War veterans attended the ceremony and marched in the parade.

The Broad Channel Volies participated in the parade.The Broad Channel Volies participated in the parade.The Daniel M. O’Connell Post of the American Legion, from Rockaway, took part in the borough parade.The Daniel M. O’Connell Post of the American Legion, from Rockaway, took part in the borough parade.

Students from St. Virgilius School march.Students from St. Virgilius School march.Many locals lined the street to watch the parade, including  Issac, Thomas and John Daudelin, who really enjoyed the spectacle.Many locals lined the street to watch the parade, including Issac, Thomas and John Daudelin, who really enjoyed the spectacle.

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