Locals Pay Tribute on Veterans Day


On Monday, November 12, while the annual Veterans Day parade marched through Manhattan, in Rockaway, a modest group of locals gathered at the Doughboy Statue on Beach 94th Street to honor veterans near and far.

On what was the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, which later became known as Veterans Day, the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272 led the local ceremony where about 30 people gathered. The ceremony was made even more notable as American Legion in general also celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Mike Honan acknowledged this as he led the ceremony with a prayer. This was followed by a reading by American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members, which focused on remembering those who have fought for our freedom, honoring those that continue to do so, and hopes for peace. In addition to acknowledging the contributions of all veterans, Post #272 also took time to remember those who are no longer with us, with a ceremonial playing of Taps on a bugle. The veterans on site paid tribute by saluting the Doughboy Statue as the somber song played in the background.

In keeping with the spirit of honoring veterans, on Sunday, November 17, at 12:30 p.m., the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272 is hosting a luncheon for about 30 veterans and their support staff. The invited veterans will be treated to a meal and entertainment, but all are welcome to show their support. “Everyone is invited to stop by and say hello to these veterans, shake their hands and see how we honor them,” Honan said.