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PHOTOS: Queens marks Memorial Day 2014


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Photos by Queens Courier staff

Memorial Day was marked all around Queens County with parades and commemorations honoring the nation’s fallen soldiers.

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade held its 87th annual march on Monday, May 26. The event was marked with more than 2,000 marchers and spectators converging on Northern Boulevard, according to the parade’s sponsor, the American Legion Post #103.
Maria Giuffre sat on the curb with her dog, Rosie, and her kids as the parade started.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. (Photo by Dominick Totino Photography)

“We came early to get good seats because we’re very lucky to have this parade,” she said. “I like to watch all of the bands and get a taste of the local flavor of this area.”
Giuffre’s son, Michael, held an American flag in his hand and tried to stay cool by hiding in the shade under a tree.

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“I like all the old cars,” he said. “They’re really cool and different.”

Among the local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Charles Schumer and Mayor Bill de Blasio also joined the ranks to celebrate Memorial Day.

Maspeth Memorial Day Parade

Parades were also held in Maspeth, College Point and Whitestone throughout the weekend and Monday. In College Point, Vietnam veteran Tom Lee recalled people he’d lost over the years during the parade on Sunday.

“Memorial Day has always been meaningful because you always think about all the guys who didn’t come home,” said Lee, who was a private first class during the war. “When you think about Vietnam, there were 58,000 who didn’t come home. I came home so it’s very meaningful.”

College Point Memorial Day Parade

Photo courtesy of Borough President Melinda Katz’s office 

Lee watched as surviving veterans like himself made their way down College Point Boulevard. It was his favorite part of the parade.

“We’re lucky we’re still here not only for surviving the war but being survivors in life,” Lee said.

In Maspeth, the Frank Kowalinski Polish Legion Post #4 sponsored a parade that ran along Grand Avenue. Mike Falco, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth, handed out American flags to people watching the parade. The club is made up of volunteers and every year a group of 10 or 12 members are amidst the throngs, passing out American flags.

Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade (Photo by Dominick Totino Photography)

During the 82nd Whitestone parade, Joseph Pantano thought about his fellow soldiers with whom he fought during the Korean War and WWII.

“They’re all gone now,” Pantano said. “The last reunion I went to there were only six of us left that I know of from the original battalion.”

Whitestone Memorial Day Parade

Additional reporting by Paulina Tam 

 

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Memorial Day Parades in Queens this weekend


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Memorial Day Parades

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, but forecasted storms may preclude much fun in the sun.

Despite the forecasts, Memorial Day parades will be marching through the streets of Queens.

Sunday, May 27

• The Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade begins at noon at Metropolitan and Ascan avenues.

• The College Point Citizens for Memorial Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. at 28th Avenue and College Point Boulevard.

• The Maspeth Memorial Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. at Grand Avenue and 72nd Street.

Monday, May 28

• The Laurelton Memorial Day Parade commences at 9 a.m. at Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards.

• The Glendale and Ridgewood Veterans Memorial Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Myrtle and Cyprus avenues.

• The Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. at Coleman Square.

• The Woodside Memorial Day Parade commences at 11 a.m. at 39-46 61st Street, St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church.

• The Rockaways-Queens American Legion Memorial Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at Beach 129th Street.

• The Whitestone Veterans Memorial Day Association Parade begins at noon at the field on 149th Street and 15th Road.

• The Little Neck/Douglaston Memorial Day Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. at Jayson Street in Great Neck.