Congratulations to the Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Committee, the American Legion Post #103, sponsors, the United War Veterans Council (UWVC) and community volunteers for the great success of the most well attended and best Memorial Day Parade since the date of its inception in 1927. Thanks go as well to all the marchers from the Queens Village Republican Club parade unit with our most successful showing of 30 marchers including 4 elderly members who rode the parade in cars behind our banner. Congratulations to all for the commitment to honor those who have paid the ultimate price of freedom.
Here are some of the highlights of Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 in photos, from the Interfaith Service in the morning to the moving Closing Ceremonies with the Grand Marshals.
Memorial Day Interfailth Service hosted by Congregation L’Dor V’Dor in Little Neck
Francis Lewis High School Marching Band, one of the parade’s largest marching units.
QVGOP marching unit including 2 cars and 30 marchers
Happy spectators from PS 221 along parade route
QVGOP marchers gathered at Starbucks on Northern Blvd.
QVGOP marchers including the car riders, the Moders and Arlene Mooradian enjoying refreshments after the parade. It was their first Memorial Day Parade experience and for many others!
The Grand Marshals, heroes who served in WWII, at the Closing Ceremonies. Left to right, Rocco Moretto, who landed on Omaha Beach with the 1st Infantry Division, Thomas Dent, Lucy Salpeter who served in the Navy WAVES, and Lt. Col. John Peterkin.
Singing of the National Anthem and America the Beautiful at the Closing Ceremony by the extraordinary singer, Michelle DellaFave.
The Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy War Monument
The moving Closing Ceremonies with Presentation of Colors, Wreath Laying Ceremony by Fleet Week Sailors and Rifle Salute by 6th Communication Battalion USMC. It was a tribute of emotions so strong, there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience.