Memorial Day means as much to the Diaz sisters, Jocelyn, 8, and Alyssa, 6, as to anyone. On Monday, they showed their colors at the Memorial Day Parade in Howard Beach, but on Tuesday, they were still waiting for their father, Marine Sgt. Walberth Diaz, to return home. He's done two tours of duty in Iraq and is on his third in Afghanistan.
Army veteran Raymond Gatling of Laurelton joins in the community's 23rd annual Memorial Day Parade. Gatling suffered a debilitating injury while repairing high-tower phone lines while in the service.
Soldiers march in the 85th annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, one of the largest in the country.
In Maspeth, an answer to the question Francis Scott Key posed during a U.S. war that began 100 years ago — yes, that star-spangled banner does yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
In Woodside, Bernie McNellis, center left, Joe Jessop and John O'Fee fired a three-volley salute during the wreath presentation ceremony in front of the Vietnam Memorial, prior to the start of the Memorial Day Parade.