2010-06-11 / Letters

No Respect For Vets

Dear Editor,

On Monday May 31, 2010 my family and I sat outside our home to enjoy the Memorial Day Parade being held in Rockaway along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. I was appalled, disgusted and upset to see the way our Veterans who in one way or another have represented our country were being treated.

The 100 Police Precinct did not even close down Rockaway Beach Boulevard to vehicle traffic while the veterans marched from St. Francis de Sales Church at Beach 129 Street to the Monuments of the Unknown Soldiers at Beach 95 Street. While the parade marchers made their way along the parade route, walking east on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, staying on the proper side of the double yellow line, traffic (cars, trucks, buses, and bicycles) were permitted to travel west on Rockaway Beach Boulevard at the exact same time. Several veterans and parade marchers had to jump out of the way of the oncoming traffic. The cars were traveling at great speeds at times.

Yet, on the first Saturday in March, every year Rockaway Beach Boulevard is closed down to all types of traffic for approximately one hour or more, before and after the Queens County Rockaway Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is held. No one is permitted to drive their cars along the parade route, while the parade is in progress. In addition, cars parked in this area are towed away from the parade route to the side streets. Then the Department of Sanitation will clean the street 4-5 times before the parade steps off.

I am very upset that the Rockaway community leaders can get Rockaway Beach Boulevard closed off for a parade every March, but we cannot close the same stretch of Rockaway Beach Boulevard for our Veterans (the men and women) who have served and defended our Country, to show them respect they deserve.

Maybe next year things can change and the Veterans can march on Rockaway Beach Boulevard safely with the respect they deserve.


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