42 THE QUEENS COURIER • MEMORIAL DAY • MAY 23, 2019 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
DUTY, HONOR AND COUNTRY
Queens ready to salute sacrifi ces at Memorial Day events
BY THE QUEENS COURIER STAFF
Memorial Day may be considered as the
“unoffi cial start of summer,” but across
Queens, it’s an opportunity for local residents
to pay tribute to all those who
served in the Armed Forces and gave their
lives in defense of the country.
Th is weekend will feature an array of
parades and memorial ceremonies around
the “World’s Borough” featuring tributes
from local and community groups, elected
offi cials, marching bands, troops and
Here are details of just a few Queens
Memorial Day marches and ceremonies,
in chronological order (all of which are
scheduled to take place rain or shine):
Residents of Bayside will honor the sacrifi
ces made by generations of soldiers
during the Bayside Hills Civic Association
Memorial Day ceremony this Saturday
morning, May 25, at 9:30 a.m.
Participants will gather at the corner of
Bell Boulevard and 53rd Avenue for the
vigil, which will include local elected offi -
cials, prayers, local Boy Scout troops, offi -
cers from the 111th Precinct, the Board 11
Community Emergency Response Team
and local theater star Rhea Arkin.
Th e Memorial Day Parade in Forest
Hills will be held on Sunday, May 26,
beginning at noon and is hosted by the
American Legion Continental Post 1424.
Also marching are veterans and active
enlisted as well as offi cers of the United
States Armed Forces.
Attendees are asked to gather at 11
a.m. to march on Metropolitan Avenue
between Ascan Avenue and Remsen
Cemetery, corner of Metropolitan Avenue
and Trotting Course Lane.
Th e 34th annual Maspeth Memorial
Day Parade will begin on Sunday at 1 p.m.
at 72nd Street and Grand Avenue, with
memorial services taking place at 2 p.m.
at Maspeth Memorial Park at 69th Street
and Grand Avenue.
Th is year’s march pays special tribute to
the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied
Invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe which
occurred on June 6, 1944. Th e United
Veterans and Fraternal Organizations of
Maspeth and the Maspeth Chamber of
Commerce sponsor the parade.
Th e red, white and blue will fl y proudly
at the College Point Memorial Day Parade
this Sunday. Th e event begins at 2 p.m. on
26th Avenue and proceeds north along
College Point Boulevard to MacNeil Park.
Th e participants include eight marching
bands, local elected offi cials and members
of the Armed Forces. Th e parade is presented
by the College Point Citizens for
Hundreds of people will take part in
the Rosedale Memorial Day Parade this
Monday morning, May 27. Th e march
kicks off at 11:15 a.m. at the corner of
243rd Street and Mayda Road, with participants
heading to the Veterans &
Vietnam Memorial Squares at the corner
of Sunrise Highway and Francis Lewis
Boulevard, where a memorial service will
Serving as grand marshals for this year’s
march are Derrick DeFlorimonte, a combat
medic with the U.S. Army, and Joyce
Lawrence, president of the 149th Avenue
Th e parade is sponsored by the Rosedale
Civic Association, the American Legion
Post 483 and the Rosedale/Laurelton/
The annual Whitestone Veterans
Memorial Association’s Memorial Day
Parade will commence at 149th Street
and 15th Drive at noon on Monday. Th e
Jewish War Veterans Post 415, Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 4787, American Legion
Post 131 and community groups in the
neighborhood are set to participate.
The 81st Ridgewood-Glendale
Memorial Day Parade will get underway
at 11 a.m. on Monday morning. As tradition
goes in odd-numbered years, the
march will step off from the Glendale
Memorial Triangle at the corner of Myrtle
and Cooper Avenues, then head west
along Myrtle Avenue to Ridgewood.
Hundreds of fl ag-waving participants
are expected to line and walk the 1 1/4-
mile long parade route to the Ridgewood
Memorial Triangle, at the corner of Myrtle
and Cypress avenues. Th e parade will conclude
there with a ceremony. Th e Allied
Veterans Committee of Ridgewood and
Glendale sponsors the annual parade.
Howard Beach residents will again pay
tribute to all who served and died in
defense of our country with its annual
parade on Monday morning. Th e march
steps off at 11 a.m. from Coleman Square,
located at the corner of 159th Avenue
and 103rd Street, and will wind its way
through local streets before returning to
the square for a memorial ceremony.
Th e Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial
Day Parade, which is widely regarded as
the largest parade of its kind in the nation,
will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday and run
along Northern Boulevard from Jayson
Avenue to 245th Street.
Th is year’s theme, “What so proudly
we hail,” honors the 205th anniversary
of Th e Star-Spangled Banner, the national
anthem. Th e parade will also honor
the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War
escalation in 1969 and the 75th anniversary
For more information about the parade,
vVeterans salute at the 2018 Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade