2015-05-27 / Front Page

Observing Memorial Day


Congresswoman Grace Meng, Parade Grand Marshal Loree Sutton, retired Army Brigadier General, MD, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and Councilmembers Paul Vallone and Mark Weprin. 
Photo By Dan Miller/DMD IMAGES Congresswoman Grace Meng, Parade Grand Marshal Loree Sutton, retired Army Brigadier General, MD, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James and Councilmembers Paul Vallone and Mark Weprin. Photo By Dan Miller/DMD IMAGES On May 25, the nation took time to remember our country’s fallen heroes. Mayor Bill de Blasio joined elected officials, residents and veterans in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, the largest one of its kind in the nation, held annually since 1927.

Mayor de Blasio marched with Congresswoman Grace Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Mark WeprinPublic Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Mark WeprinMeng, Grand Marshal retired Army Brigadier General and Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Loree Sutton MD, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Councilmembers Mark Weprin and Paul Vallone.

This year’s parade honored Philip Ragusa as Patriot of the Year, Carl Mattone as Man of the Year and Lidia Bastianich as Woman of the Year.

Congresswoman Grace Meng, Councilman Mark Weprin, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilman Paul Vallone get ready to march in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. Congresswoman Grace Meng, Councilman Mark Weprin, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilman Paul Vallone get ready to march in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. Originally celebrated as Decoration Day, the Memorial Day holiday began after the American Civil War.

Three years after the end of the Civil War in 1868, the Borough President Melinda Katz marches in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade.Borough President Melinda Katz marches in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade.organization of Union veterans, called The Grand Army of the Republic, established a day to decorate the gravesites of soldiers killed during the Civil War.

By the 20th century it was determined that the day would become known as Memorial Day, honoring all Americans that had died while serving in the Armed Forces.—Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dan Miller

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