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Parade will salute female fighters

Maspeth Honors Women in the Military is the theme

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:57 am, Thu May 22, 2014.

The theme of this year’s May 25 Maspeth Memorial Day Parade will be Maspeth Honors Women in the Military, as reflected in two announcements organizers made last week.

Among the parade’s honorees will be Jane Sullivan-Crowley, who served in the Marine Corps’ Women’s Reserve during World War II. And the post-parade memorial service’s featured speaker will be retired Army Capt. Laura Zimmerman, who will speak on the theme of women in the military.

Sullivan-Crowley was an organizer of the parade and served as grand marshal in 1993. Zimmerman was grand marshal in 2012.

The parade’s other honorees will be World War II veteran Leo Wasil and Korean War veteran Anthony Simone.

Held by the United Veterans & Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth and sponsored by Maspeth Federal Savings bank, the day’s events will begin with the colors massing at 12:15 p.m. at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park, located at 72nd Street and Grand Avenue. The parade will kick off at 1 p.m. It will run down Grand to Maspeth Avenue, turn onto 61st Street and then 56th Drive, continue along Perry Avenue and then 57th Avenue, and go back up Grand to 69th Lane.The memorial service will start at 2 p.m.

Press releases from Maspeth Federal Savings show how Sullivan-Crowley and Zimmerman served the community and the nation.

Sullivan-Crowley joined the newly formed Women’s Reserve in 1943, completed boot camp as a private first class and served for three years on active duty, resigning months after the fall of Japan. She later was executive director of Maspeth Town Hall and an editor with the Maspeth Chronicle. She also helped rejuvenate the Queens Historical Society.

Zimmerman enlisted in the Army and completed basic training in 1976. She became a sergeant and served with the 343rd Evac Hospital in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. She became an officer in 1990, and after the 343rd was disbanded, became the 8th Medical Brigade’s personnel officer, also at Fort Hamilton. Then she became the mobilization officer, preparing soldiers for deployment. She retired in 2000.

The parade will be preceded by the traditional candlelight vigil, set for 8 p.m. May 19 at Maspeth Memorial Park, at the corner of Grand and 69th Avenue, or, in case of rain, at the American Legion post at 66-28 Grand.

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