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]
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day (as it is now known) is a day of remembrance, which originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. This Sunday, May 28th, the Broad Channel VFW will be hosting our community’s annual Memorial Day parade. This event is a testament to our town’s desire to honor those men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom on this sacred day.
The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. with a wreath laying ceremony at the 17th Road Park Flag Pole and then travel along Cross Bay Boulevard to the George Riekers Veterans Memorial Park for another wreath laying and closing ceremonies.
As always, our honored guests will be those veterans from St. Albans Hospital who will be joined by our own local veteran members of the Broad Channel VFW and American Legion as well as our elected officials and other community organizations.
Please keep in mind that fewer than 10 percent of Americans can claim the title “veteran.” While the phrase “uncommon valor was a common virtue,” has been so often repeated that it risks becoming a cliché, it is no less true. In 1789 George Washington said, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country.”
Please make it a point to spend a few moments of your time to walk up to Cross Bay Boulevard to view the parade this Sunday to show your support for our veterans and to express your appreciation for those veterans that have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
After the parade all of you are invited to the VFW Post on Shad Creek Road for a BBQ and a chance to greet and thank our men and women who have served us so well and to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that they may not be forgotten.