The Ozone Howard Little League will honor veterans Saturday with the dedication of a new memorial at the flagpole at the league’s ball fields in Ozone Park.
The dedication will take place during a ceremony to be held starting at 8:30 a.m. at the fields, located on Centreville Street between 135th Drive and Bristol Avenue in the Centreville section of Ozone Park. The event will include a breakfast, followed by a ceremony that will culminate with the memorial’s unveiling.
The league has invited veterans from each branch of the military to join in the dedication.
“We hope you will join us in paying tribute and honoring your service and in giving our community a place to come and pay their respects to all you have given us,” the league said in a statement to veterans.
The memorial will be unveiled at the foot of the flagpole next to the fields.
In the event of rain Saturday morning the dedication will be held Sunday at the same time.
The idea to build a memorial near the little league fields is not new.
Howie Kamph, president of the Ozone Park Civic Association, said he originally wanted to put a memorial to veterans in a triangle across from the fields formed by Centreville and 97th streets just before they intersect with 149th and Bristol avenues. The triangle — which residents in the community have wanted to utilize for something for years — is bare, except with road markings and jersey barriers surrounding it.
However, Kamp said he was told he could not do it there because of the proposed sewer and road infrastructure project, HQ411B, that has been in the works for decades.
Part of that project includes the widening of Centreville Street that will force some of the triangle to be used in construction.
For more information, call the Ozone Howard Little League at (718)-835-8599.