Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00
On May 31, I eagerly awaited the arrival of my copy of Newsday to read a description of the wonderful Memorial Day Parade and the ceremony following that took place in Mineola. I found glowing reports (and rightly so) of Freeport, East Hampton, Long Beach, Little Neck/Douglaston, West Islip and Sayville, but Mineola (Isn’t Mineola the hub of Nassau County?) was glaringly missing. Our number of World War II veterans decreases every year and many of these good men are no longer able to march but they proudly ride in private cars plainly marked “American Legion” or “Veterans of Foreign Wars.”
The residents of Mineola lined the parade route, cheering and waving small American flags. The parade ended at the beautifully kept Mineola Memorial Park where veterans, their families, Nassau County officials, Senator Jack Martins, Mineola clergy and many Mineola residents gathered for a meaningful ceremony. The speeches were brief but eloquent and well received by the audience, judging by the applause.
I am a 58-year resident of Mineola, a proud widow of a super patriotic veteran of World War II, and bitterly resent that our village was overlooked, once again, by Newsday.