Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
While we celebrate with the beach, concession crawls and barbecues on this unofficial start to summer, let’s not forget the true meaning of this three-day weekend. Memorial Day is Monday, May 30 and several ceremonies will take place in honor of those who died while serving their country.
On Sunday, May 29, Broad Channel will be honoring our veterans with its annual Memorial Day parade. The event, hosted by the Broad Channel VFW will start at 1 p.m. with a wreath laying ceremony at the 17th Road Park Flag Pole. The parade will there continue along Cross Bay Boulevard to George Riekers Veterans Memorial Park (between East 4th and 6th Road), where there will be another wreath laying, as well as closing ceremonies. The parade will include local veterans from the Broad Channel VFW and American Legion and guest veterans from St. Albans Hospital, plus elected officials and other community organizations. The parade will be followed with a barbecue at the VFW Post 260 on Shad Creek Road, where guests will have the opportunity to thank those who served.
On Monday, May 30, the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272 Memorial Day Parade will take place in Rockaway. The event will start with a memorial Mass at St. Francis de Sales on Beach 129th Street at 10:30 a.m. Following the service, there will be a ceremony at the Four Chaplains monument outside of the church. The parade will then head down Rockaway Beach Boulevard to Beach 121st street for a ceremony at the Jewish War Veterans Memorial Circle. It will then continue to the Doughboy monument at Veterans Memorial Plaza at Beach 94th Street, where a memorial service will take place. The names of those from the community who gave their lives while serving our country will be read. Following the parade, the Knight of Columbus (333 Beach 90th Street) will host an event with refreshments and hot dogs.