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Flags Retired Ceremoniously

Burning a worn or faded American flag is the only proper way to dispose of “Old Glory” and this formal ceremony pays due respect to historical traditions that honor the nation’s most important symbol. Commander Jim Whalen and members of the Floral Park American Legion Post held the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 14 at the Floral Park Recreation parking lot, with the assistance of the Floral Park Fire Department. More than two dozen community members joined for the ceremonies.

Anyone with a flag to be retired may deposit it in the drop box in front of the Floral Park American Legion Hall on Elizabeth Street, across from John Lewis Childs School or at 113 South Tyson Ave. Additionally, a member of the Floral Park American Legion will come to your home or office if you are unable to deliver the flag to either location. To arrange a pick-up contact Past Commander Jim MacDonald at 516-437-0901.

(Photos by Christy Hinko)

News

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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