There will be a change in a longstanding local tradition, as the annual Cedarhurst-Lawrence Memorial Day Parade moves from Monday, the day of the holiday, to Sunday. This year that means the event will begin at the intrsection of Rockaway Turnpike and Central Avenue in Lawrence on Sunday, May 26 at 10 a.m. It will end at Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park.
Paris Popack, president of the Lawrence Association, along with Cedarhurst and Lawrence, Mayors Ben Weinstock and Alex Edelman respectively, as well as the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department, Syd Mandelbaum, commander of American Legion Post 339, and deputy village clerk JoMarie Capone are just several members working on creating the tribute to the men and women died in America’s wars.
Memorial Day is defined as a day dedicated to those who died while in military service. Former President Ronald Reagan said, “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.”