2007-05-25 / Front Page

Memorial Day Parades This Weekend

Veterans salute fallen soldiers at last year's Rockaway Memorial Day parade.Veterans salute fallen soldiers at last year's Rockaway Memorial Day parade. Both Broad Channel and Rockaway have scheduled Memorial Day parades for the upcoming weekend to honor those men and women who made the supreme sacrifice for freedom.

The annual Rockaway Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 of the American Legion, will begin with an 11 a.m. memorial mass on Monday, May 28 at St. Francis de Sales Church, immediately followed by a wreath laying service at the Four Chaplains Memorial outside of the church.

The parade will step off at 11:45 a.m. at Beach 129 Street, and the line of march will continue along Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Memorial Circle between Beach 120 and Beach 121 Streets, where the Jewish War Veterans of America will conduct remembrance services at 12 noon.

The parade will proceed east along Rockaway Beach Boulevard to the Doughboy Monument and Women's Veterans Monument at Beach 94 Street for concluding services at 1 p.m. The general public is invited to attend these memorial services to commemorate those who lost their lives in military conflicts.

This year's Memorial Day parade Grand Marshal is Rockaway's own James Casey, a U.S. Navy veteran and American Legion Department Commander for the state of New York. Casey is a 28-year member of the O'Connell Post and has served the American Legion on both the state and national levels. He is currently serving as the 88th State Commander of the nearly 165,000 legionnaires in New York.

The Broad Channel parade, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, will take place on Sunday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m. Participants will gather at the toll bridge plaza to march along Cross Bay Boulevard, with a stop at 17th Road Park, and then continue down to the memorial triangle at 4th Road for concluding services.

The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department will also have a separate memorial service starting at 10 a.m. in front of their firehouse on Noel Road to honor fallen comrades. The BCVFD will later join the VFW and American Legion's memorial parade. Residents are urged to come out and support the service men and women as they honor those that have been lost.

By Roseanne Honan

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