Broad Channel And Rockaway Honor Memorial Day
Today we know it as Memorial Day, when all across the nation we stop to honor all those who have served and sacrificed since then.
Over this Memorial Day weekend, Rockaway and Broad Channel stopped to pay tribute to these men and women.
On Monday, May 27th, the Rockaway Memorial Day Parade started with a Memorial Mass at St. Francis de Sales Church. A ceremony was then held at the Four Chaplains Memorial outside the Church on Beach 129 Street.
Veterans, and church, school, and civic organizations such as the Rockaway Sea Cadets, the Girl Scouts, Knights of Columbus, First Congregational Church, and Beach Channel High School and Scholars' Academy Seawolves marching bands, assembled at the Veteran’s Memorial Circle on Beach 121st Street, where a small ceremony was held, and then marched to Beach 94th Street’s Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. There the names of those from the Rockaway community who had given their lives were read and wreathes were placed at the Doughboy and Doughgirl monuments.
On Sunday, May 26th, Broad Channel hosted its own Memorial Day Parade.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion were joined by the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, BC Athletic Club, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, elected officials and others as they marched northward from the Cross Bay Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.
At the George Reikers Memorial at East 6th Road off Cross Bay Boulevard, marchers were greeted by a bagpiper and drummer.
They were joined by a large group of residents for a moving ceremony that included speeches, a patriotic song by the Girl Scouts and a fifteen gun salute. It concluded with the playing of Taps.
The parade regrouped and marched on to the American Legion Hall, where refreshments were enjoyed by all at its conclusion.
Memorial Day was also observed by the communities of Roxbury, Rockaway Point, and Breezy Point with remembrance services hosted by the Point Breeze Fire Department at St. Thomas More and St. Genevieve Churches.