America's Fallen Heroes Remembered
On a day frequently devoted to barbecues and family gatherings, hundreds of Forest Hills residents came out to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending the rights that many Americans take for granted.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was joined by Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Bob O'Malley, a Woodside resident, many military veterans' groups representing American servicemen and women of all wars since the Korean War and local elected officials including Borough President Helen Marshall, state Senators Toby Ann Stavisky and Joseph Addabbo, City Councilmembers Melinda Katz and Eric Gioia, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressmember Anthony Weiner and Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi. Many political hopefuls and community leaders joined the marchers. Former state Senator Serphin Maltese and state Senator Frank Padavan, both veterans, were in uniform to honor those soldiers who did not return from battle.
The marchers traveled west along Metropolitan Avenue from Ascan Avenue to Remsen Memorial Park at Trotting Course Lane, just off Metropolitan Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. At the conclusion of the parade, the marchers, led by the mayor, the Queens Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 1424, conducted a memorial service at Remsen Memorial Park, where the remains of three war heroes from the Remsen family rest. Two statues in memory of World War I servicemen and women who gave their lives in defense of their country also adorn the cemetery.