Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00
Great Neck Park District Chairman Ivar Segalowitz will lead the 87th Annual Great Neck Memorial Day Parade on Memorial Day, May 30. The parade, sponsored by the Great Neck communities, will step off, rain or shine, at 9:30 a.m. from Middle Neck Road (south of the LIRR station) and continue north along Middle Neck Road to the Village Green for the Remembrance Service.
This year’s parade marks the second international event with the participation of The Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Branch #50. To honor their support for the parade, a combined color guard from the Great Neck American Legion Post #160 and VFW Post #372 will be participating in Canada’s D-Day Remembrance Services on June 6.
Ivar Segalowitz, a park district commissioner for the past eight years, as well as a long-time local activist, has lived in Great Neck since 1966. He and his wife Bernice raised their two children in Great Neck and now have four grandchildren.
Mr. Segalowitz was born on Oct. 17, 1930 in Lithuania and lived through the turmoil of World War II. A child survivor of Dachau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Mr. Segalowitz was liberated by Patton’s Army, and in 1947 he emigrated to the United States. He then lived and worked in New York City as a tool and die maker, machine designer and manufacturing executive.
Mr. Segalowitz graduated from CCNY with a B.S. in physics. He was drafted into the Army in 1952 to serve during the Korean War. He completed his military serve with the 165th Military Intelligence Company. He was honored with a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and an Expert Shooter Medal.
The Great Neck Memorial Day Parade Committee invites the entire community to come to the parade and “honor our fallen heroes.”