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Memorial Day Parade: Marching Order and Schedule of Events

Submitted by Manhasset Post 304 American Legion

Matthew Falcone, commander of the Manhasset Post 304 American Legion, and James Brooks, parade chairman, have announced the parade order and schedule for the 2013 Manhasset Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Services. All Manhasset residents, their families and friends are invited to join the Legion in this remembrance of the great sacrifices of our American heroes. The theme of the parade this year, “Honoring Those Who Serve in Special Operations,” is a reminder that, while Memorial Day honors all deceased veterans, the intention is to remember service personnel engaged around the world in an effort to preserve American freedom and way of life from global terrorism.

Memorial Services

A memorial service in honor of Manhasset’s war dead will be held at the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd., on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m.  Pastor Steven D. Pierce will officiate. All are urged to attend and to join with the Legion in the remembrance of the great sacrifice of our military.

The Legion and Boy Scout Troop 97 will place American flags on the graves of veterans in local cemeteries and will participate with other Legion posts in decorating the graves at the Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn. The American Legion has also donated American flags, which will be placed on the street light poles along Plandome Road by the Manhasset Park District.

Before the parade begins, the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department will honor veterans by placing wreaths at the Gold Star Monument and at the Memorial Field Veterans’ Monument.

The Parade

The Memorial Day Parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. There are over 25 organizations and four bands scheduled to march. The parade will include over 20 trucks from the Manhasset-Lakeville and Plandome Fire Departments.

During the parade, the American Legion will place wreaths at both the World War I Memorial and the Gold Star Monument on Plandome Road. The route of the parade will be along Plandome Road from Plandome Court to Memorial Place with excellent public viewing along the entire length.

Parade Line-up

Those planning to march in The Parade are expected to be present, ready to march, in their designated assembly areas no later than 9:30 a.m.

The First Division, which assembles on Plandome Court South at Plandome Road, facing west, includes the Vindicators Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club escort; the American Legion Commander Matthew Falcone and First Division Commander Thomas Buzzitta; American Legion Colors and Banner; American Legion members; Inisfada Gaelic Pipe Band; American Legion vehicles, Poppy Queen vehicle; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 304 and the American Legion Auxiliary vehicle.

The Second Division, which assembles on Plandome Court at Heights Road, includes Second Division Commander Lynn Taylor; the Boy Scouts of America: Troop 97 and Troop 71; Cub Scout Pack 3 and Cub Scout Pack 101; the Girl Scouts of America: Junior Troops, Brownie Troops and Daisy Troops.

The Third Division, which assembles on Bourndale Road North at Plandome Road, includes Third Division Commander Patrick McGreal; the Manhasset High School Marching Band; the Manhasset PAL Baseball and Softball League; Manhasset PAL Lacrosse; Manhasset Soccer Club; the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations and the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer.

The Fourth Division, which assembles on Bourndale Road North starting at Chester Drive, includes the Fourth Division Commander Anthony W. Buzzitta; the Manhattan College Pipe Band; the North Shore Nursery School; Manhasset Rotary Club; the Knights of Columbus; the North Shore Right to Life Committee; North Riding Chapter NSDAR; Guild of St. Francis Hospital; Coalition For A Safer Manhasset; and the Manhasset Park District.

The Fifth Division, which forms on Heights Road facing west, starting at the junction with Plandome Court, consists of the Plandome Fire Department accompanied by its marching band.

The Sixth Division, which assembles on Summit Drive at Plandome Road, provides the parade climax, the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department with the Nassau County Police Department Pipe and Drum Band led by the Commissioners of the Fire District.

Memorial Service and Awards Ceremony

The Parade will conclude in formation at the end of Memorial Place. Those participating in the memorial services and awards ceremony will proceed to the Manhasset High School auditorium. The program will begin with our National Anthem, played by the Manhasset High School Band under the direction of Mr. Randy Knudsen and sung by Mrs. Catherine Lau. Reverend David Lowry of Christ Episcopal Church, will give the invocation. Chaplain James E. Sharkey of Manhasset Post 304 will read the Roll Call of the Deceased Veterans of the past year, accompanied by drummer, Matthew Chin of the Manhasset High School Band. Jeffrey Chin and Ryan Fleishman, members of the Manhasset High School Band, will render taps.

Vice Commander James Brooks will present the school award to Mr. Michael Riscica of Manhasset High School and Mr. Matthew Davis of Saint Mary’s High School. The American Legion Boys State Award will be presented to Kevin Brady,. Vincent de Venoge, Christopher Gentile, Bryan Herbert, Daniel Meyer, and. Steven Squillante.

Patricia O’Brien, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 304, will preside over the Americanism Awards to Alexa Giorgetti of Manhasset High School, who is also this year’s Poppy Queen, and Jessica Gales of Saint Mary’s High School. The Empire Girls State Award will be presented to Lindsay Marrone of St. Mary’s High School.

After brief remarks by Commander Falcone, associate minister Lori Burgess of the Congregational Church of Manhasset will give the Benediction. Catherine Lau will lead the audience in singing “God Bless America” to close the service.

All bearers of floral tributes will remain with their units and proceed to the monument at Memorial Field after the Memorial Service and Awards Ceremony under the guidance of the legion commander.