Friday, May 25, 2007

Memorial Day On Long Island

Parades, Bar-B-Ques, Reflection, And Remembrance

On Memorial Day we honor armed services personnel who died serving this country. Memorial Day is always on the last Monday of May, which this year falls on May 28th. There are parades taking place across Long Island. Here are just some of them:

Begins at 11 a.m at Foster Avenue; ends at Argyle Park on Montauk Highway where there will be a ceremony.

Begins at 10 a.m. on Linden Street; ends with a ceremony at Silver Lake Park.

Bay Shore
Begins at 10 a.m. at Lanier Lane and Main Street.

Bellmore and North Bellmore
Begins at 10 a.m. near North Bellmore Library and Newbridge Road School; marches south to the Bellmore Fire Department headquarters and Veteran’s Monument.

Central Islip
Begins at 10 a.m. at Irving Street, north on Carleton Avenue to the Alfano Building for ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 1039.

East Hampton
Begins at 10:30 a.m.

Begins at 11 a.m. and travels along Main Street and Route 25A.

East Williston
Begins with a ceremony at 9 a.m. behind the American Legion Hall on Willis Avenue; the parade steps off at 10 a.m., travels west on Hillside Avenue, north on Park Avenue and to Village Hall for another ceremony.

Assemble at 9:30 a.m., Step off at 10:00 a.m. Assemble at School Road and Atherton Avenue. Parade proceeds North on School Road, East on Hempstead turnpike, North on Covert Avenue, and ends at the Covert Avenue School where the big ceremony will take place. Following the parade a smaller group will march from the school, South on Covert Avenue to Hempstead Turnpike and stop at Veterans Square where another ceremony will take place. Elmont American Legion Post 1033 is hosting the parade.

Begins at 11 a.m. and travels down Main Street. Hosted by the Holbrook Lions Club.

Kings Park
Begins at 9 a.m. at RJO School, travels west on Old Dock Road and then east on Main Street; ends at Veterans Plaza where flag ceremonies will take place.

Begins at 8:30 a.m. at Breslau Cemetary.

Massapequa Park
Begins at 10 a.m. on Front Street; then travels west to Park Boulevard, north to Clark Boulevard, west to Broadway and south to Klestinec Park for a ceremony.

Begins at 9:30 a.m. at Merrick Avenue and ends with a wreath ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Lee Avenue. Sponsored by American Legion Merrick Post 1282.

New Hyde Park
Begins at 10 a.m. on Lakeville Road and travels east on Jericho Turnpike to New Hyde Park Road where there will be a ceremony at Village Hall; the parade will continue heading north on New Hyde Park Road and then west on Lincoln Street to New Hyde Park Memorial Park where there will be an observance.

Begins at 10 a.m. at Foxhurst and Long Beach Roads, continues to Oceanside High School at Skillman and Brower Avenues, ceremomies begin at 11 a.m., sponsored by VFW Post #5199

Plainview-Old Bethpage
Begins at 9:30 a.m. on Old Country Road.

Port Washington
Begins at 10 a.m. on Campus Drive; travels down Main Street and ends with a ceremony at Sousa Band Shell.

Begins at 10 a.m. at Dawes Avenue continues to Veterans Memorial Park, Underhill Boulevard, sponsored by American Legion Post 175 and Syosset VFW.

Valley Stream
Begins at 9 a.m. at Rockaway and Wheelers Avenues; parade travels down Rockaway Parkway to Rockaway Avenue and then onto Valley Stream Blvd. into the Village Green.

Starts at 10 a.m. at Beltagh Avenue, ends at Park Avenue for ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 1273.

West Babylon
Begins at 10 a.m. on the corner of Arnold Avenue and Karen Street; ends with a ceremony at Sgt. John Sardiello Post 1634 of the American Legion located at 10 Bruce Street.

West Hempstead
Begins at 10 a.m. at Hempstead Avenue and Nassau Boulevard (parking lot of St. Thomas Chapel_; parade travels east along Hempstead Avenue to Roosevelt Boulevard, then left onto Roosevelt Boulevard to Echo Park for ceremony.

West Islip
Begins at 9:30 at Udall and Roderick Roads.

Other Memorial Day Observances

Reading of the Names
Bald Hill Amphitheater and Cultural Center
Annual event to remember area residents killed in Vietnam, hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Suffolk County Chapter 1:15 p.m.

World War II Memorial Dedication
Bartlett Pond Park, Middle Island
Dedicated to the WWII veterans who grew up in the Longwood community. The dedication is followed by a barbecue behind the Middle Island Fire Department, 31 Arnold Dr. Begins at Noon.

At Nassau County Parks and Museums

USAF Thunderbirds At Jones Beach State Park

Town of North Hempstead Fireworks, Bar Beach Park, Port Washington

This listing is by no means all inclusive. Check your local paper, American Legion Post, or civic association for a Memorial Day Parade near you.

More Memorial Day Resources
American Legion Posts in Nassau County
American Legion Posts in Suffolk County
Origins of Memorial Day

Honor those who gave the last measure of devotion for their country by devoting yourself to your community. Join and support your local civic association. Be an involved citizen.

A safe Memorial Day weekend to all from The Community Alliance.

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