By Kimberly Dijkstra and Colleen Maidhof
Many local towns are honoring fallen heroes by hosting Memorial Day Parades on Monday, May 25. The following is a roundup of many of the Memorial Day parades taking place around Long Island. Due to space consideration, this is not a comprehensive list:
The Albertson VFW Post 5253 is hosting Memorial Day Ceremony takes place at 155 Searing Town Rd. at 9 a.m. Refreshments and cake will be served after the parade.
• Carle Place
The parade will assemble on Jamaica Boulevard, between Roslyn Avenue and Glen Cove Avenue and step off at 10 a.m. It will proceed eastbound through the town, ending at Carle Place Memorial Park. After the parade, all are invited to attend the Carle Place 100th anniversary celebrations on the Carle Place High School grounds.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Stepping off from Sewanhaka High School and parading to the Elmont Memorial Library, the parade is open to the public. Floral Park residents, students and scouts will march along the route.
Farmingdale Village is hosting a parade at 10 a.m. It will be begin at the corner of Thomas Powell Boulevard and Yoakum Street. It will proceed south on Main Street to Grandstand in front of Village Hall.
• Floral Park
Floral Park American Legion Post 334 will host its annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony at 10 a.m. It will begin at the Legion post on Elizabeth Street, with a ceremony at Memorial Park at 11 a.m.
• Garden City
The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. at Eleventh Street and Franklin Avenue and heads west on to Seventh Street. Cathedral of the Incarnation will host their 62nd Annual Memorial Day Fair from 12 to 4 p.m. featuring rides, food, games, prizes, baked goods and craft vendors. Enjoy free concerts from 1 to 3 p.m.
The United Veterans of Hicksville will be holding their annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies, hosted by the American Legion, Charles Wagner Post 421, under the direction of Post Commander Gregory Faling.
The parade will step off at 9 a.m. from the Sears parking lot and travel through the town and end near the Hicksville Middle School. At approximately 10:30 a.m., Memorial Day ceremonies will take place at the Middle School’s Veterans Memorial Park.
Levittown’s Memorial Day Parade sponsored by American Legion Post 1711 takes place at 10 a.m. It begins at Wantagh Avenue Island Trees Memorial Middle School and ends at Shelter Lane Levittown (Veterans Memorial Park). The American Legion, VFW and Korean War Veterans Association will march with marching bands from most local schools and Levittown’s Fire and Police Departments.
The Manhasset Memorial Day Parade takes place at 10 a.m. at Plandome Road. The Village of Plandome will host a picnic and barbecue afterwards.
The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Wilson Park and proceeds through the town to Memorial Park for services near the Mineola Memorial Library.
• Plainview-Old Bethpage
The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at 700 Old Country Rd. and end at The Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park on Washington Avenue. Jack Stein of VFW Post 9592 is the grand marshall.
• Port Washington
The Port Washington Memorial Day Parade takes place at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Campus Drive and goes down Main Street to Sousa Band Shell.
Westbury’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at St. Brigid’s Church and will go up Post Avenue to the Westbury Community Center where there will be a ceremony.
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