Merrick honors the fallen on Memorial Day


The streets of Merrick were abuzz for the annual Memorial Day parade on May 29, honoring fallen members of the United States Armed Forces, who made the ultimate sacrifice in war.

The parade, hosted annually by American Legion Post No. 1282, began at the intersection of Merrick Avenue and Broadcast Plaza near the Merrick Long Island Rail Road station, and headed north on Merrick Avenue, ending at the Merrick Veterans Memorial in North Merrick.

Along the streets of Merrick, members of the community donning red, white and blue spirit wear, celebrated the holiday, and paid tribute to those who have died.

Dozens of Merrick-based organizations, including the Merrick and North Merrick Fire Departments, and members of the American Legion took part in the day’s festivities. School bands from area’s districts marched along the streets as well, playing patriotic tunes.

A ceremony followed the parade at the memorial. This year’s Master of Ceremonies was Frank Pedagano; the invocation was given by James O’Neill; the Pledge of Allegiance by Edward Moore; and the National Anthem and God Bless America were sung by Eric Weibolt. For a full list of those who took part in the ceremony, visit