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Honoring soldiers who gave all

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Thousands of Freeporters will line up Merrick Road on May 27, to watch the Memorial Day Parade, to honored Freeport’s veterans and remember those who died in service to their country. Annually, members of the American Legion, the William Clinton Story Post 342, host the Freeport Memorial Day Parade. Following the parade, a ceremony to honor veterans will take place in front of the Freeport Memorial Library at 10:45 a.m.

Dressed in patriotic hats and waving American flags, people in the crowd will be seen cheering as local organizations — the Freeport Police Benevolent Association, Freeport Police and Fire Department, Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, local school marching bands, nonprofit organizations as well Town of Hempstead and Nassau County officials — march through Freeport streets, ending in front of the Memorial Library.

The American Legion, William Clinton Story Post No. 342, was organized in 1919 after the end of World War I. During this year’s parade they will be commemorating their 100 year anniversary. The Legion has always been involved in the community and in 1920 organized Freeport’s first Memorial Day observation. Since its earliest days, the Legion has awarded scholarships annually to graduating seniors from Freeport High School. The American Legion also advocates tirelessly for the rights of veterans and their families. The American Legion meets on third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library.