Memorial Day parades in boro honor U.S. vets

Marines (front) march in their dress blues along Metropolitan Avenue during the parade in Forest Hills.
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Thursday, May 24

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. and Woodhaven Business Improvement District will hold a Memorial Day observance at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 26

The Bayside Hills Civic Association Memorial Day Observance will kick off at 9:30 a.m. on Bell Boulevard at 53rd Avenue. Guests include U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), City Councilmen Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece and more.

Sunnyside Gardens Park Annual Memorial Day Fair has rides, arts and crafts, an all-day barbecue and more events that are appropriate for all ages between noon and 5 p.m. The park can be found at 48-21 39th Ave. between 48th and 50th streets in Sunnyside. The rain date is May 27. More details can be found at

Sunday, May 27

College Point Citizens for Memorial Day Inc. hosts its Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. This year’s parade will feature entertainment from nine marching bands, three drill teams and two dance crews. Servicemen from the U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard will be honored. The parade will begin at the intersection of 28th Avenue and College Point Boulevard and end at 5th Avenue and 119th Street. For more information, call 718-762-0506.

Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade will start at noon at Metropolitan Avenue and Ascan Avenue.

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

Monday, May 28

The 23rd annual Laurelton Memorial Day Parade will start at the intersection of Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards at 9 a.m. and end at the Laurelton Veterans Memorial Triangle, at 225th Street and North Conduit Avenue. Elected officials, civic leaders, veterans groups, school officials, local clergy, scout troops and youth groups will participate in the parade and ceremonies. For more information, contact 718-496-5013.

The Woodside Memorial Day Parade, held by the Catholic War Veterans Post No. 870, will start at St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church, at 39-46 61st St. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. following a special mass and ceremony near the Vietnam memorial.

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

The American Legion Post No. 118 in Woodhaven will hold a ceremony within a memorial garden at the corner of 89th Avenue and 91st Street at 11 a.m. The garden will contain more than 650 crosses and Stars of David, each representing a local veteran.

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

The Whitestone Veterans Memorial Day Association conducts its Memorial Day event at noon at the field on 149th Street and 15th Road. The parade will begin after the ceremony.

The Little Neck/Douglaston Memorial Day Parade starts at 2 p.m. on Jayson Street in Great Neck, L.I., by the firehouse and runs west to Douglaston Parkway in Douglaston. Several events have been planned for the day, including a grand marshal honoring of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 77th Sustainment Brigade’s return from Iraq and an interfaith service at 10 a.m. at the Community Church of Little Neck, at 46-16 Little Neck Pkwy. Visit or call 718-279-3200 for more details.

Posted 12:00 am, May 24, 2012
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