Paying tribute to past and present veterans
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David Rifkind, the Youth Leadership Forum advisor at Hewlett High School, said the students try to reach out to organizations such as the Five Towns Community Chest and the Hewlett-Woodmere Business Association to grow a stronger sense of community. “We want the kids to be involved in meaningful events and the ideas for them come from the students,” he said. “We try and promote leadership so they’re able to take control, monitor their time and have success.”
Senior Jaime Krasner hopes the parade is not only successful but continues for years to come. “I hope people realize the significance and that it grows each year,” she said. “I want it to become something the community does each year.”
Bayen said veterans, local dignitaries, the school band, color guard, cheerleaders, various community groups, school clubs, organizations and sports teams, and local fire departments would be involved in the parade. “I want something that Hewlett-Woodmere can be proud of,” he said. “If we’re going to do this, we should try and do it right.”
Veterans who would like to be involved in the Memorial Day parade are asked to contact Kevin Bayen at (516) 792-4808.