G.N. Memorial Day Parade to honor Arthur Seidman, 100

G.N. Memorial Day Parade to honor Arthur Seidman, 100

The Great Neck Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29.

It begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Middle Neck Road and Susquehanna Avenue and continues north on Middle Neck Road to the Village Green.

Concluding ceremonies honoring the fallen will be held at 11 a.m.

The parade committee is dedicating the 93rd Annual Memorial Day Parade to U. S. Army First Lieutenant (retired) Arthur Seidman.

Seidman turned 100-years-old this year and is still an active member of the Great Neck community.

The committee annually names both a Grand Marshal of the Parade and a dedication of the parade to a worthy Great Neck resident.

The person is one who either is actively serving in the U. S. armed forces or has previously served and warrants special recognition.

Seidman served as a first Lieutenant in the U. S. Army during World War II from 1941 to 1946 as an Artillery Forward (field) Observer in the field artillery.

His position put him directly in harm’s way during combat.

Seidman was recognized for his heroic achievement in connection with military operations in the Pacific against the opposition forces in Luzon, Philippines in January 1945.

He successfully directed away heavy and accurate artillery fire; the mission successfully destroyed enemy heavy machine gun fire and an enemy cave position.

For this action, Seidman was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

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