- Posted May 26, 2014 by
New York, New York
2014 Memorial Day Parade in Whitestone, New York
" Freedom comes with a price and is paid for by brave men and women who risk their lives and we honor them for the sacrifice they made for this great country ", State Senator Tony Avella was quoted as saying in a Memorial Day commemoration held at Whitestone, New York.
State Senator Tony Avella who currently serves as Chair of the Social Services Commitee and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, was joined onstage by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Queens County President Melinda Katz and Councilman Paul Vallone, to name a few of the dignitaries who delivered tributes to war veterans and heroes.
The choral group of P.S. 193 sang the National Anthem and rendered "America the Beautiful", after the firing of the volley, playing of the TAPs, raising of colors and laying of wreaths by the Girl Scouts.
Also seen joining the commemoration was Curtis Sliwa, 77WABC radio host and founder of the Guardian Angels who said that the organization is now active in many countries all over the world, including the Philippines. " I have been in Manila and Mindanao where the organization have active members," he said.
The traditional annual Memorial Day Parade is organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post No. 4787), Jewish War Veterans (Post No. 415) and the American Legion (Post No. 131). An interview with a Past Commander of the American Legion who used to be with the Navy, said that declining membership is one of the issues faced by the organizers due to the demise of veterans who once served in wars. While it was observed that the older generation seem to be dwindling in numbers, young children waving American flags in the parade is a welcome sight.