Memorial Day Services
Queens honors its war dead many ways in many neighborhoods throughout Memorial Day and the weekend preceding it. Ceremonies were held in all parts of the borough, from Astoria to Whitestone and Bayside to Jamaica. Solemn rites of remembrance followed many parades and there were pauses in street fairs and revelry to recall the reasons for the holiday. The United Community Civic Association held its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 28, led by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 32. Leading the contingent is Pat Toro, president of Chapter 32, and marching behind the organization banner is John Rowan, recently elected national president of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
The weekend of remembering began on Saturday, May 27 in Bayside with ceremonies sponsored by the Bayside Hills Civic Association. On Sunday, May 28, American Legion Astoria Post 145 was to place American flags at St. Michael's Cemetery in East Elmhurst. The post was also slated to hold a Day of Remembrance in Astoria Park on Monday, May 29. The United Community Civic Association ceremony, organized by President Rose Marie Poveromo and William Melnick, event chairman, took place in McManus Park, 81st Street and Ditmars Boulevard. The Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade in Forest Hills and the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade rounded out the day.
On Monday, May 29, officially designated as Memorial Day 2006, parades were held in Glendale, Whitestone and Little Neck-Douglaston. Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at and marched in the Forest Hills and College Point Parades on Sunday and the Whitestone and Little Neck-Douglaston Parades on Monday.