This is the weekend that we honor those heroes who gave their lives to preserve our freedom as well as those who continue to fight in foreign lands. As is traditional, there will be two parades this weekend. On Sunday, the Broad Channel Parade, sponsored by both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will step off from the parking lot on the east side of 21 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. The main ceremony will take place at the George Rieckers Memorial on 6 Road. After the parade, refreshments will be served at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. The Rockaway parade will begin Monday with an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Francis de Sales Church on Beach 129 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. After the mass, there will be a short ceremony at the “Four Chaplains” memorial at the church and then the parade will step off, pausing at the Memorial Circle at Beach 121 Street before moving on to the main ceremony at the Doughboy Memorial at Beach 95 Street. Pictured, massed flags at last year’s Broad Channel ceremony. 002p1_xlg.jpg

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