Being the Five Towns, which always has multiples of everything, will have its Memorial Day parades on Sunday, May 28 and Monday May 29, to honor all U.S. military personnel who lost their lives in service to the country.
The Hewlett-Woodmere parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday from the Woodmere Firehouse at 20 Irving Place and move along Broadway to Hewlett High School, where there will be a post-parade celebration. First-year principal of Hewlett High, Alexandra Greenberg, is the parade’s grand marshal.
“I feel fortunate that every day I have an opportunity to support Hewlett-Woodmere families in my capacity as a high school principal,” Greenberg said. “Despite a steep learning curve, being asked to serve as a grand marshal means that I am creating connections with our students and their families and that they have accepted me. Every day, young men and women sacrifice their lives to ensure that our children are offered the same access that we have. I strongly believe that we should never take their sacrifices for granted. Supporting our veterans after they leave the military is imperative, as it comes with emotional, mental, and financial costs. It is our obligation to honor and take care of them after they return.”
Local businesses will also be involved in the festivities. Friendlier will be donating red, white, and blue ice. Patano’s will be donating hamburgers and hot dogs. Bagel Boss will donate bagels, danishes and coffee.
Lawrence and Cedarhurst villages will have a conjoined celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday starting from Frost Lane and Central Avenue in Lawrence. The parade will proceed along Central Avenue to the Cedarhurst Memorial Plaza in Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park.
This year, the lineup includes the Lawrence-Cedarhurst American Legion Post 339, veterans, Aviation High School’s Air Force Junior Officer Training Corps, firefighters and fire trucks from both fire departments, antique and exotic cars, Hatzalah of the Rockaways and Nassau County, Lawrence High School’s marching band, a mariachi band, the Lawrence Yacht & Country Club, elected officials, and Girl Scout Troop 720.
“I think Cedarhurst in cooperation with Lawrence is working very hard to get a lot of people to come up and pay their respects,” said Lawrence Mayor Alex Edelman. “I think it'll be fine and let's hope the weather holds up and then I think we'll have a very nice day, and it will have a big turnout.”
Inwood’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1582 will line up for its parade Sunday at 11 a.m. by the Inwood LIRR station parking lot in Lawrence and at noon will march down Doughty Boulevard in Inwood to the Veterans of Foreign Wars monument at the intersection of Mott Avenue and Doughty Boulevard.
VFW Post 1582 will hold a ceremony by the veteran’s memorial site. After marching in Cedarhurst, the Lawrence High School band will march and perform in the Inwood parade. Our Lady of Good Counsel Church Mazza band will also take part in the parade. The grand marshal will be veteran Jerry Pulane.
“It's a solemn day for memory and to remember past veterans that have lost their lives,” said Post 1582’s Trustee Barry DeGroot.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday. Typically, all government offices and banks are closed. It is observed on the last Monday of May. From 1868 to 1970 it was observed on May 30. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Acy, which moved Memorial Day and Washington’s birthday to Monday and made Columbus Day a federal holiday.