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Queens honors the fallen of America's wars

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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:13 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Thu May 31, 2012.

As they do every year, Queens residents saluted members past and present of the U.S. Armed Services at Memorial Day parades held Sunday and Monday across the borough — from Glendale to Rosedale, from Howard Beach to College Point, from Woodside to Little Neck. While the holiday honors those who, in Lincoln's words at Gettysburg, "gave the last full measure of devotion" in service to the United States, those who came home from wars abroad and those wearing the uniform today were also awarded their share of acclaim.

Today, 50 years after American military advisors were first sent to Vietnam — in what became the country's longest war as measured by the time U.S. forces were in engaged in direct combat — they remain under fire in Afghanistan, in a conflict that has surpassed the one in Southeast Asia in its longevity.

Queens honored all who've served, from Bunker Hill to Kandahar. Attached are just some of the sights at the parades; see more here or in our print editions Thursday.

— Peter C. Mastrosimone

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