2017-05-31 / Front Page

Maspeth Memorial Day Parade

The 33rd annual Memorial Day Parade in Maspeth was held on Sunday, May 28, honoring servicemembers lost as a result of defending our country, and celebrating the 75th anniversary of the USO. Participants gathered at Walter Garlinge Memorial Park, at the corner of 72nd Street and Grand Avenue. The parade culminated at Maspeth Memorial Park, on 69th Street and Grand Avenue,

for a memorial ceremony to honor our military, veterans and community activists. The Grand Marshals for this year’s parade were Gloria Ann Maciag, officer at the Frank Kowalinski Post and George O’Neill, a community activist. Joining the procession were U.S. Navy and Marine marchers.

The Maspeth Chamber of Commerce, together with the United Veterans & Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth, comes together every year to honor our military.

PHOTOS BY WALTER KARLINGPHOTOS BY WALTER KARLINGThe Maspeth Memorial Day Parade welcoming sign at Grand Avenue and 69th Street.

Parade Grand Marshals (l. to r.);  restaurateur and community activist George O’Neill and officer at the Frank Kowalinski Post Gloria Ann Hadziutko Maciag.

Parade spectators and their patriotic spirit.

The 75th anniversary of the USO was recognized during the march.  USO singers (l. to r.);  (front) Karen Birthwright and Courtney Brady; (back) Tyler Wipfli and Joe Ogren.

The USO Singers wow the crowd.

A patriotic pooch.

Ryan Arana (3) hangs onto his Uncle Sam hat.

A colorful stiltwalker juggled for the spectators.

Vincent Tomeo reminded the marchers of Washington’s troops at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War.

Local politicians in the line of march (l. to r.);  Congresswoman Grace Meng;  Assemblyman Brian Barnwell,  and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

Here come the Marines.

Anchors Aweigh!

Members of the uniformed services in abundant presence.

Bagpipers played patriotic tunes at the front of the parade as . . .

 . . . a Navy band followed.

View of the line of march along Grand Avenue in Maspeth.

The colors red, white, and blue were worn up and down the avenue. Shown here are local residents Gina Bianculli and Carmela Restivo.

Raising their flags on high.

Stepping smartly: the Cobras of Hartford.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Maspeth Veterans.

Historically attired colonialists from Maspeth Savings Bank.

Students from Francis Lewis High School march past Maspeth Memorial.

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