Memorial Day Services Scheduled

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 Save the day. On Monday, May 30, 2022 the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272 will host its 100th Memorial Day Parade. The day will commence with a Memorial mass at 10:30 a.m. on Beach 129th street at Saint Francis De Sales Church. At the conclusion of services, a ceremony will be held at the Four Chaplains monument outside the church. The parade will proceed to 121st Street for a ceremony at the Jewish War Veterans Memorial Circle. Upon conclusion of our services there, the parade will continue on to the Doughboy and Doughgirl monuments at Veterans Memorial Plaza at Beach 94th Street for a concluding ceremony. Following this ceremony, we will retire to the Knights of Columbus on Beach 90th Street for refreshments and hot dogs.

The Grand Marshal for the parade will be Norman Lunde a World War II veteran and Rockaway resident. All Veterans, whether a member or not of the American Legion or any other Veteran organization, are invited to march.

Memorial Day is the most solemn of days for Veterans as we remember the brave men and women who made the supreme sacrifice to defend and preserve freedom around the world. We are well aware the Memorial Day weekend has become the official opening of the “summer season” and many people are busy attending and hosting their BBQs. We as Legionnaires do not march for ourselves but for those who gave their all for a grateful nation, we would be grateful for a robust turnout.

I would like to give special thanks to the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Division 21, and St Francis De Sales for their support and participation in this parade.

By James Trainor

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