Memorial Day. Parade in Rockaway

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 Editor’s Note: Out of an abundance of caution, the Daniel M. O’Connell Post 272 of the American Legion, has canceled the 101st Annual Memorial Day Parade this year. This parade typically features local veteran groups, civic associations, schools and other organizations showing their support down Rockaway Beach Boulevard, making stops at Memorial Circle on Beach 121st Street and the Doughboy/ Doughgirl Monuments on Beach 95th Street.

Instead, the American Legion asks that 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25, that “you pause and reflect on the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for these United States of America.”

In response to this, Larry Racioppo is sharing these great photos of parades past to honor those who fought for this country.

 I’m going to miss this year’s Memorial Day Parade. It’s one of the events that make Rockaway feel special, more like a small town, than part of a great city.

I love how the parade honors U.S. veterans, especially the shrinking number of those who fought in World War II. I think of my father and uncles, sons of Italian immigrants, who served and are now gone.

–  By Larry Racioppo

 

– All Photos copyright 2020

Larry Racioppo

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