Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00
Chief Boatswain’s Mate Mark C. Lewis will lead the 2010 Great Neck Memorial Day Parade as the grand marshal. Lewis is on active duty as the officer in charge of the Coast Guard Station in Kings Point. This, Great Neck’s 82nd annual Memorial Day Parade, will be held on Monday, May 31.
Lewis is a boarding officer, small arms inspector and a boat coxswain on a 41-foot utility boat and on a 25-foot response boat small. His unit is involved in daily patrols for the United Nations for ports waterways and coastal security missions. His unit is also involved in the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks, Fleet Week, and the United Nations General Assembly. Lewis is responsible for 25 active duty personnel and 15 reserve personnel. He has also served the Coast Guard in Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Connecticut.
Mark Lewis began his military career in the Rhode Island National Guard, transferring to the Georgia National Guard, and finally serving in the Kentucky National Guard. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and is originally from Rhode Island.
Lewis and his wife, Kelly, are both members of the Great Neck Charles A. Fowler Jr. Post #160. He will be transferring to a new assignment soon.
Parade day will see marching organizations assembling at 9 a.m. at South Middle Neck Road and Hillpark Avenue, in Great Neck Plaza. The parade will then continue to the Village Green, at Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck, where a memorial ceremony will be held.
The Memorial Day Parade will include over 25 local organizations and businesses, including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, public officials, and local fire companies. The New York City Police Department Pipe and Drums, and the Great Neck South High School Marching Band will help keep everyone in step along the parade route.
Anyone wishing to march in this year’s parade, or anyone wishing to make a contribution to the parade fund, may write to: Great Neck Memorial Day Parade Committee, P.O. Box 4486, Great Neck, NY 11023.