Floral Park designated a Purple Heart Village on Memorial Day

Floral Park designated a Purple Heart Village on Memorial Day
Vietnam Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients Nat Stacchini and Vincent Binaso

Floral Park’s annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony, sponsored by the Floral Park American Legion with the support and cooperation of the Incorporated Village of Floral Park, will be held on Monday, May 29.

On Memorial Day we remember and honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who made the supreme sacrifice to protect our nation and to preserve freedom and democracy.

Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald is honored to announce that on this Memorial Day the Village of Floral Park is inviting recipients who received the distinct honor of the Purple Heart to its Memorial Day parade and ceremony where the Village is marking its designation as a ‘Purple Heart Village and will be recognizing Purple Heart recipients.

The designation as a Purple Heart Village means a municipality recognizes the sacrifice of people who have served their country, particularly those who are Purple Heart recipients and their families.

This year Floral Park is honored to invite Mr. Ruben R. Pratts, Commander, and Department of New York State Representative of the National Military Order of the Purple Heart as its guest speaker.

The parade will assemble on Elizabeth Street and start at 10:00 a.m. During the parade, The Floral Park Volunteer Fire Department and the Floral Park American Legion will place wreaths and sound taps at the Vietnam Memorial located adjacent to the Reliance Fire House on Jericho Turnpike.

The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park at 11:00 a.m.

Floral Park American Legion Post Commander and Vietnam Veteran Bob Murray states that on Memorial Day we honor and remember the fallen and their families. It is our solemn duty to honor them for their courage, loyalty, service, and sacrifice. Our Village’s Memorial Day Ceremony exemplifies Floral Park’s commitment to “always remember.”

Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald will present Memorial Day greetings, Floral Park’s designation as a Purple Heart Village and the recognition of Purple Heart recipients.

The Rev Thomas Fusco, Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Church will deliver the Invocation and Benediction.

The ceremony will include our National Anthem, the presentation of wreaths to honor the fallen, roll call of Floral Park residents who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, taps, and the presentation of memorial bouquets to Gold Star families.

The American Legion Color Guard will be led by U.S. Army Veteran and Sergeant at Arms Edward LaChapelle, the Officer of the Day will be Past Post Commander and U.S. Army Veteran Al Trasolini. Past Post Commander and U.S. Army Veteran Matt Cacciatore will conduct the POW-MIA ceremony.

Local Scout Troops and the Floral Park Little League will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

All are invited to line the parade route, proudly wave the American Flag in honor of those we remember on Memorial Day and attend the ceremony where Floral Park will be designated as a Purple Heart Village.

The Floral Park American Legion thanks Mayor Fitzgerald, the Board of Trustees, the Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments, for their support of the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.

For information regarding Memorial Day please contact the Floral Park American Legion at 516-437-1295.

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