Beach 131 Street 15th Annual ‘Honor America’ Parade
Above: On July 4, the residents of Beach 131 Street assembled at 10:00 a.m. sharp at the November 12, 2001 plane crash site on Newport Avenue. After a roll call honoring friends and neighbors who perished September 11, 2001 and November 12, 2001, the rag-tag marchers lead by Jimmy Rigaut (Age 2) substituting as Grand Marshall for his grandpa Walter Douglass who passed away recently, the marchers proceeded to “Old Glory Plaza” at the Beach Wall. Below: After a moment of silence in memory of Chief Douglas, all joined in singing the star spangled banner and the festivities came to a close.
They were met at the beach wall by Harry “Pete the Flag” tending the colors at half-mast in memory of Chief Douglass. After a rousing God Bless America and the pledge of allegiance, Chairman Hank Iori brought everyone up to speed on the doings of “the block” then presented a surprising Vincent Murphy a plaque from his friends and neighbors inscribed “To Vincent Murphy our esteemed musical director, whose stirring march music keeps us in step (almost)”.Residents take a short walk to honor those who died in two events that occurred in 2001 – the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587.