2017-05-31 / Front Page

Boulevard Gardens Holds Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

BY ALAN FEUER, POST ADJUTANT, AMERICAN LEGION POST 1836, BOULEVARD GARDENS, WOODSIDE

On Memorial Day, American Legion, Post 1836 Boulevard Gardens, held its annual Memorial Day ceremony during which they paid special tribute to their departed American Legion Post Commander James “Jimmy” Lanza. (L. to r.); Post Adjutant Alan Feuer, Councilman Costa Constantinides, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, US Congressman Joseph Crowley, Stefanie Pennachio (Lanza's niece), Senator Michael Gianaris, Marian Pennachio (Lanza's sister), Assemblyman Michael DenDekker and Father West.

 

On Memorial Day, American Legion, Post 1836 Boulevard Gardens, held its annual Memorial Day ceremony during which they paid special tribute to their departed American Legion Post Commander James “Jimmy” Lanza. (L. to r.); Post Adjutant Alan Feuer, Councilman Costa Constantinides, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, US Congressman Joseph Crowley, Stefanie Pennachio (Lanza's niece), Senator Michael Gianaris, Marian Pennachio (Lanza's sister), Assemblyman Michael DenDekker and Father West. On May 29 at 10 a.m. the American Legion, Post 1836, Boulevard Gardens (BG), held its annual Memorial Day ceremony.  The ceremony honored our service members and commemorated the sacrifices they made in honor of duty and country. Our gathering represents just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across this nation.  It’s not a lot, but it’s one small way we can honor those who have made an ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom.  It is important to note that the 11377 (Woodside) zip code lost more men in combat in the Vietnam War than any other zip code in the country.

Even though this year’s ceremony was held indoors in the large Boulevard Garden Several local New York City firemen attended and parked their fire engine trucks outside the gathering hall to pay their own tribute to their fallen comrade who was also an FDNY fireman for 30 years.

 
Several local New York City firemen attended and parked their fire engine trucks outside the gathering hall to pay their own tribute to their fallen comrade who was also an FDNY fireman for 30 years. Assembly Hall due to unfortunate weather, we had a tremendous turnout – standing room only.  On this Memorial Day, we paid special tribute to our departed American Legion Post Commander James “Jimmy” Lanza.  Jimmy devoted his service to our country and to his community for well over 50 years.  Several local elected officials, Jimmy’s sister, Marian, his niece, Stephanie, his great nephew, Brandon and his girlfriend, Ingrid, were in attendance. Several local New York City firemen attended and parked their fire engine trucks outside the gathering hall to pay their own tribute to their fallen comrade, who was also an FDNY fireman for 30 years.

U.S. Congressman Joseph Crowley presented Jimmy’s family with encased American flag, along with a certificate certifying that the flag was flown over the United States Capitol and a framed copy of the Congressional Record honoring the life and service of Jimmy Lanza. Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and Senator Michael Gianaris each presented the family a New York State Senate Proclamation on behalf of their associated chambers. Councilman Costa Constantinides presented Jimmy’s family with a City Council Citation and announced that the New York City Council recently approved the renaming of a local street in Jimmy’s honor. 

Girl Scouts Troop 4008 sang the National Anthem and “God Bless America.” Girl Scouts Troop 4008 sang the National Anthem and “God Bless America.” American Legion Post 1836’s Bob Piazza read the names of the Boulevard Garden’s honored war dead as well as the names of the deceased comrades of Post 1836.  Helen Drew followed by reading the names of the deceased who once belong to the Women’s Auxiliary.

After the ceremony when the weather finally cleared, six wreaths were hung under the archway at Boulevard Gardens.  These wreaths were donated by the BG Management Corp., BG Buyer’s Assoc., American Legion Post 1836 BG Women’s Auxiliary, the Northern Regular Democratic Club and the Northern Woodside Coalition.  In addition, a seventh wreath was laid at nearby Strippoli Square in honor of PFC Joseph Strippoli (1946 – 1968), a local soldier, who was killed by a land mine near the Cambodian border during the Vietnam War.  It is fitting that a street renamed in honor of Jimmy Lanza will be next to a square named after his close friend. 

This year’s guests were given the pleasure to hear the great voices of Laura Marmol and Mia Bulic from Girl Scouts Troop 4008, when they sung the National Anthem and “God Bless America.”  Father West of Corpus Christi Church gave the opening and closing prayer and “Taps” was played to close out this year’s ceremony.  Guests remained afterwards for food provided by the Brewery Bar & Kitchen and refreshments.

 

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