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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:30 am

All over Queens this weekend, there will be parades to honor the fallen servicemembers who gave their lives serving our nation.

Memorial Day used to be observed on May 30 before being changed to the final Monday in May in the early 1970s to create the three-day weekend we’re used to now.

This weekend, grab your kids, your lawn chairs and your American flags and head down to one of these events to pay your respect to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.


Bayside’s annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Bell Boulevard and 53rd Avenue.

Then on May 30 at 7:30 p.m., the Bayside Historical Society will lay a wreath in honor of Captain William Dermody and all those who fought in the Civil War at Captain Dermody Triangle at 216-12 48 Ave. Dermody was an outspoken abolitionist who lost his life at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia in May 1864.

Kew Gardens

A flag planting will be held at noon and then by the pond next to the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, there will be a color guard, reflections and music dedicated to permanent cemetery residents who died in service on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Forest Hills

Metropolitan Avenue will once again serve as the site of the Forest Hills parade on Sunday at noon, with marchers beginning to line up at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Continental Post 1424. The procession will conclude on Trotting Course Lane.


Area residents say “Maspeth is America” and Sunday’s parade will observe the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The parade, beginning at at 1 p.m., will start at Walter Garlinge Memorial Park at Grand Avenue and 72nd Street.

After the parade, there will be a memorial ceremony at Maspeth Memorial Park at 69th Street and Grand Avenue to honor military, veterans and community activists.

College Point

Residents of Northern Queens can see the College Point parade kicking off on Sunday at 2 p.m. It will start at 26th Avenue and College Point Boulevard and go to Hermon A. MacNeil Park.


On Memorial Day itself, the Laurelton parade will start at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Merrick and Francis Lewis boulevards and end at Veterans Memorial Triangle at 225th Street and North Conduit Avenue.


Glendale and Ridgewood combine to host a parade, which is set for 11 a.m. Monday.

The parade will begin at the Glendale War Memorial, located at Myrtle and Cooper avenues, with a short service to honor the war dead of Glendale. Then the march will go down Myrtle Avenue to the Ridgewood War Memorial, located at Myrtle and Cypress avenues, where there will be a service to those from Ridgewood who were killed in service. The grand marshal of the parade will be Henry Lippe, commander of the Brewery Keenan Heiser American Legion Post 1815, a Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran.

Howard Beach

Residents of South Queens will have their chance to honor the fallen Monday starting at 11 a.m. The parade’s circuitous route begins and ends at Coleman Square at 159th Avenue and 103rd Street.


The Rosedale procession will begin at 243rd Street and Mayda Road and will end with a service at Veterans and Vietnam Memorial Squares at Sunrise Highway and Francis Lewis Boulevard. The grand marshals are SPC Derrick DeFlorimonte, a combat medic in the Army, and Joyce Lawrence, president of the 149th Avenue Block Association.


Whitestone’s parade will begin on Monday at noon, starting at Whitestone Memorial Park at 149th Street and 15th Drive.

Little Neck-Douglaston

The 92nd annual parade will celebrate the 205th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the 75th anniversary of D-Day and will also commemorate 1969 as part of an ongoing partnership with the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration.

The parade will go along Northern Boulevard from Jayson Avenue to 245th Street.


The annual parade in Woodside will begin Monday after 10 a.m. mass in the parking lot of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church at 58-02 Roosevelt Ave.


This article was updated to include the time and place of the Woodside parade.

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