Written by John H. Meyer Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00
Massapequa Park’s Sgt. Peter F. Colleran Post No. 7763, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Massapequa’s American Legion Post 1066 co-sponsored the Memorial Day Parade, held on Monday, May 30.
At 10 a.m., parade participants assembled near to the Massapequa Park Village Hall and headed west on Front Street, then north on Park Boulevard through the village and west on Clark Boulevard past the Kiwanis Fishing Bridge in the Massapequa Preserve, then south on Broadway to the Klestinec Park, that had been recently refurbished by the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce.
The Town of Oyster Bay showmobile was placed on Broadway at the park’s edge where elected officials and invited guests gathered to review the parade participants as they passed on their way to their disbursement areas.
This year’s parade attracted hundreds of residents and friends of the marchers all along the parade route where young and old always seem to be anxious to see Massapequa’s 300-plus firefighters marching in front of their shiny red fire trucks.
I will always remember my father saying that Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day until the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) changed the name in 1882. Now we not only think of Memorial Day as the first day of summer, backyard barbecues, air shows, going to a mall but remembering the thousands of men who gave their lives in battles around the world and in this country. Parades and wreath laying ceremonies is our way of thanking them. Even the little town of Montauk out on the east end will have their first ever Memorial Day Parade.
Andy Rooney of CBS 60 Minutes fame said it best in his syndicated column, “While driving to a mall on Memorial Day, you happen to pass a cemetery, stop and look for headstones that read, ‘Sergeant-U.S. Army,’ ‘Veteran of the Korean War’ or some may carry the words ‘Killed in action.’ Look at each person’s name and give thanks for his or her service to this great country. It will be a Memorial Day you’ll always remember.”