“Maspeth is America,” the mural famously declares, and the community fulfilled its reputation as one of the most patriotic around with Sunday’s Memorial Day parade and ceremony. The grand marshals were area business and community service leaders Joseph B. Papavero and MaryAnna Zero, while veterans Donald Steinmaker and Joseph Romano were honored at the ceremony, and volunteer Mary Ann Todzia was given the Citizen Award. The parade was held, as always, by the United Veterans & Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth and sponsored by Maspeth Federal Savings bank.
Parade Grand Marshals MaryAnna Zero and Joseph B. Papavero flank honored veterans Donald Steinmaker, second from left, and Joseph Romano.
John Kempisty, a 92-year-old World War II veteran.
Patty Egielski holds her 11-month-old granddaughter Brianna on her lap for her first Memorial Day parade.
Clemente and Amarilys Rodriguez, parents of Marine Cpl. Robert Rodriguez, who was killed in action in Iraq on March 25, 2003. The gold star parents were among the special guests at the memorial site in Maspeth.
Marchers wear Colonial garb and carry Colonial flags during the parade.