Rockaway Memorial Day Parade Is Small But Memorable
The Jewish War Veterans hosted the ceremony at Memorial Circle, at Beach 120 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The Rockaway Memorial Day Parade was shorter this year than most, but the spectators who lined Rockaway Beach Boulevard for the parade said that it was steeped in memory and patriotism nevertheless. The first ceremony of the day took place at the Four Chaplains Memorial outside of St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street. Veterans of World War II and Korea salute as taps is played in memory of those who died keeping American free. Members of the Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 of the American Legion, the parade's sponsor. The parade's Grand Marshal, Chief Peter Hayden of the New York City Fire Department, and a Rockaway resident, is retiring this year as the department's senior uniformed officer. Mary Ruth Klimow came from California to honor the memory of her father, Lt. Joseph Thier, whose plaque stands at memorial circle. Members of the American Legion's Ladies Auxiliary carry wreaths to be laid at the memorials during the ceremony. The Beach Channel High School Marching Band provided the cadence for the marchers. The contingent from the Knights of Columbus. Parade Chairman Mike Honan gave out American Flags to onlookers during the parade. Kids and flags are always part of the Memorial Day Parade.