Written by Gary Simeone, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 06 June 2014 00:00
In the rich tradition of commemorating all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces—dedicating their lives to fight for home and country overseas—veterans in the Village of Farmingdale lined up bright and early on May 26 for the annual Memorial Day Parade.
The parade assembled at Yoakum Street and Thomas Powell Blvd. before making its way south down Main Street towards the grandstand assembled in front of Village Hall.
On this beautiful Monday morning, 8-year-old Melissa Heiner came out with her parents and little brother to watch as the parade marched onwards towards the grandstand.
“My sister is actually marching in the Girl Scouts, so I really wanted to see her,” Melissa said. “We come to this parade every Memorial Day. It’s awesome.”
Excited to spot her sister in the parade, Melissa stood with her family to watch the long-standing Farmingdale tradition in motion.
Throughout the parade, people filled the streets, waving to the local veterans as they marched down the parade route beside members of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Club of Farmingdale, Farmingdale High School Marching Band, and the Farmingdale/Hardscrabble Girl Scouts.
“It is a really nice day for a parade,” said Michael Desposito, who came early with his family to make sure he had the best spot to watch the parade. “It is a great way to kick off the unofficial summer season and after the winter we had, it is a really welcome sight.”