The Village of Massapequa is famous throughout Long Island for its spectacular Memorial Day and Independence Day parades.
This year, the village is home to another patriotic gathering. On Sunday, May 3, at 1:00 p.m., the village will host the 51st Annual Loyalty Day Parade.
The parade will kick off, rain or shine, at the corner of North Utica Avenue and Broadway in North Massapequa, travel south on Broadway and conclude near the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and North Broadway at AMVETS Post 88, located at 692 North Broadway, in Massapequa. Judges will select the best color guards, marching units and drill teams.
"Established by Congressional Decree, Loyalty Day is a time for all Americans to reaffirm their faith in the United States and in all the brave men who continually risk their lives to safeguard the principles on which this nation was founded," said Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. "It is fitting that this parade is sponsored by AMVETS Post 88 because no one knows more about the price of freedom than our veterans.
"Throughout our history, honorable men have demonstrated their loyalty to America by making remarkable sacrifices to preserve and protect the principles on which our nation was founded," the supervisor continued. "Today, America's servicemen are deployed on several fronts, defending the peace of the world and advancing the cause of liberty. Their service and sacrifice are a testament to their love for America. We owe it to them, and ourselves, to honor their service to our country and pass along their values to future generations. I hope many of you will come out to line the parade route and show your support for our veterans in the Armed Forces."