Written by Tab Hauser Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00
Under blue skies and perfect parade temperatures Glen Cove residents came out to show their respect to our nation’s fallen soldiers at the annual Memorial Day parade. Residents gathered around Monument Park before the parade, where Retired Sergeant James Middletown (U.S. Army Air Corp 44-46) and chairman of the American Legion presided over the ceremony.
The tribute started with Mayor Reginald Spinello laying a wreath at the base of the monument. It continued, including prayer, a canon salute and a rifle salute done by veterans and officers of the Glen Cove Police Department.
A plaque was then given to honor Henry Banach, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 in the Philippines as well as in Shanghai, China. The ceremony concluded with Mayor Spinello stating that a small town remembers its heroes. He reminded residents that on June 21 the U.S. Marines will be visiting Glen Cove to honor Double Medal of Honor winner Sgt. Dan Daly at Monument Park. He thanked Banach for being this year’s honoree and finished by saying that “freedom is not free.”
The parade followed, with veterans, civic and sports clubs, marching bands, police, fire departments and other organizations showing support for this important day. It should be noted that the Glen Cove Auxiliary Police did a great job setting the routes and making sure the parade went off smoothly.