Around 500 people attended this weekend’s Memorial Day Parade and Observance on Emmons Avenue this Sunday, honoring the courage of service men and women from the neighborhood.
The parade and ceremony are organized annually by the Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association. The high attendance numbers hint at a return to a neighborhood tradition that has been falling off the map in recent years.
“I’ve been doing this since I was in the boy scouts,” said SB/PB Civic Boardmember Tom Scalese. “[Attendance] dwindled to nothing the past few years,” but the group worked harder this year to usher in a rebound. “I’ve got to thank the board,” he added.
Honorees at the event included veterans from World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). The veterans – men and women – spoke of their experiences and the need for resolve and support for our troops in our current conflicts.
Students from the following schools were also presented awards for winning their Memorial Day art and essay contests: St. Mark School, Our Lady of Grace, P.S. 52 and I.S. 14 Shellbank Junior High School.