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. 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.
The parade, which honors those lost in battle, especially those from Howard Beach, heads for its first stop at Our Lady of Grace.
Boy Scout Troop 139 salutes in Coleman Square.
The third stop was the the WWll Memorial at the Howard Beach Assembly of God Church.
Co-Grand Marshals Patty Bellaw and Joanne Connolly.
Jim Perry stands with his grandson and Grand Marshal Coleman Peppard in front of the memorial to Jim’s uncle, Bernard Coleman.
Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.
Councilman Eric Ulrich
The parade heads through Howard Beach.
Free lemonade was passed out to the marchers, compliments of Nancy Brady and her children, 8-year-old Sophia and 6-year-old Daniel.