Honoring Those Who Perished
We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the men and woman who have died while serving our country. Please know that you and your families are in our thoughts daily at this newspaper as we try to live up to a standard that is worthy of your sacrifice. Words can not express the gratitude we feel for you. Without your sacrifice we would not be able to freely express ourselves.
-The Huntingtonian Staff
Events in Huntington in honor of Memorial Day:
Commack-Elwood Parade, Monday 10 a.m. The Commack-Elwood Memorial Day Parade starts at the Home Depot on Larkfield Road and proceeds east on Jericho Turnpike to the Veterans site at the intersection of Jericho and Veterans Memorial Highway. It is organized by the VFW Post 9263.
East Northport, Monday at 12:15 p.m.
Begins at Clay Pitts and Larkfield Road at the IGA Market Center and will continue north on Larkfield Road to the John Walsh Memorial Park at East Northport Library where ceremonies will be performed. The parade is sponsored by the Fr. Judge Knights of Columbus.
Greenlawn Memorial Day Parade, Monday 9:00 a.m. Starts at West Maple Avenue and Broadway. Proceeds South on Broadway to the Greenlawn Memorial Park Monument. Memorial Ceremony and Wreath laying by community organizations. Sponsored by Greenlawn Fire Department.
Huntington, Monday at 11:30 a.m.
Starts at the Big H Center on New York Avenue in Huntington and proceeds north to Main Street. Parade sponsored by Nathan Hale VFW Post 1469.
Northport, Monday at 10:00 a.m.
The parade will begin at the Laurel Avenue School (William Brosnan Building) and proceed down Main Street to Village Park where there will be a wreath-laying ceremony. The parade is organized by Northport American Legion Post 694.
About Memorial Day:
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.