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No marching band played taps while following a color guard, and social distancing and mask wearing were in full effect, but that didn’t stop dozens of people from coming out to celebrate Memorial Day at Queens Village Veterans Park for a wreath laying.

“This was pretty cool,” said Lester Muse, 74, a veteran who did three tours in Vietnam. “I’m happy. It’s a good thing that we are coming back to life.”

A vandal or vandals have spray-painted swastikas and hate graffiti throughout the Queens Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park.

Doug Williams, president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 in Queens, was at the site Wednesday afternoon as police from the NYPD’s 110th Precinct investigated the crime.

Members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 spent last Saturday sprucing up the area of a garden off of 88th Street in Glendale, placing American flags and flags commemorating POWs along a fence while cleaning up litter and trash.

Then, early Monday morning, someone spray-painted “Free Palestine” on a large American flag.

Luke Gasparre, a lifelong Astoria resident and World War II hero, died last Thursday at 95. An enthusiastic participant at patriotic parades, …

Clockwise from top right, American Legion Continental Post 1424, where Sunday’s Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade began; the Sunnyside Drum Corps and All-City Marching Band provide the soundtrack for the afternoon commemoration; the Forest Hills Asian Association marches down Metropolitan Avenue; Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and Capt. Jonathan Cermeli, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, pose for a picture before the start of the parade; three wreaths are driven past neighborhood staples Eddie’s Sweet Shop and Cinemart Cinemas; Boy Scout Troop 349 walks in the parade; Grand Marshals Susan Browning and Eileen Gillespie with a wreath; Old Glory is displayed through Forest Hills as a crowd watches; and Girl Scouts Troop 4413 participates.

The 92nd Annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade marched down Northern Boulevard on Monday in a powerful homage to the Americans who gave their lives fighting for their country.

In the top left corner, clockwise, Battle of the Bulge veteran Luke Gasparre of Astoria waves for the camera; a drumming contingent marches; cheerleaders perform, and Little Neck-Douglaston Woman of the Year Marie Stock smiles.

It is impossible to express one’s love for the woman who raised us and made us who we are today through one day of recognition and a gift. Nonetheless we should all put a little thought into a thank-you even though mom will probably say that it’s not necessary.

Woodside native Jim McCann started what has become the most famous name in the floral industry, 1800Flowers, in 1971. Back then the idea of purchasing floral arrangements through a toll-free phone call was revolutionary. Over the years, McCann has expanded his business to include all kinds of gift baskets. Nevertheless bouquets remain the company’s bread and butter and this year the company has created the Blushing Blooms Bouquet floral arrangement, which runs between $60 and $80 and the Amazing Mom Bouquet which ranges between $100 and $125.