Floral Park’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to remember the fallen

Floral Park’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to remember the fallen
Floral Park's American Legion and Auxiliary will render honors on Memorial Day (photo by Matt Cacciatore)

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 27.

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 preserve freedom and democracy.

Floral Park is honored to have John F. Keenan, a U.S. Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War and recipient of the Purple Heart, as the parade grand marshal and guest speaker.  The American Legion thanked Keenan for his service and sacrifice.

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, which is 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. The village’s Memorial Day Ceremony exemplifies Floral Park’s commitment to “always remember.”

Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald will present Memorial Day greetings,

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, a 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. It will also include the presentation of a wreath to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

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.

The Floral Park American Legion thanked 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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