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Howard Beach honors soldier sacrifice

Hundreds march in first post-Hurricane Sandy Memorial Day parade

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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:36 am, Thu Jun 6, 2013.

Hundreds gathered Monday to march in Howard Beach’s Memorial Day parade, the neighborhood’s first since Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the procession’s path seven months ago.

The nasty weekend weather cleared up in time for Monday morning’s parade, which featured residents, children, elected officials and veterans. It kicked off and ended in Coleman Square, near the memorial to Bernard Coleman, a Howard Beach resident killed in World War I, for whom the square is named.

The grand marshals included Coleman’s great-nephew Coleman Peppard and residents Patty Bellaw and Joanne Connolly.

Marchers went from Coleman Square to Our Lady of Grace Church to the neighborhood’s two other war monuments: the World War II memorial at Howard Beach Assembly of God and the Vietnam memorial at Walter Wetzel triangle. The Korean War was commemorated at St. Barnabas because the community’s memorial is several miles away in Charles Park.

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