It was a picture perfect day on Monday to honor all of those who have served our country in East Meadow as the town held their annual Memorial Day Parade.
As in years past, the parade began at and ended at , where a ceremony was then held to honor all of those who have served and were lost.
The parade consisted of many local Veterans, the as well as various local groups and organizations. Members of the NYPD Emerald Society, and East Meadow Marching bands also participated in the parade entertaining the crowds that lined down Prospect Avenue.
“My father was a veteran of World War II, so it is a good day to commemorate the veterans and it is also a good family day," Anthony Polinice, an East Meadow resident, said. "Everyone gets the day off from work and we get to spend it together."
The Grand Marshall of the parade this year was Jim Carbone, a veteran and member of the VFW.
“I feel honored that I was chosen," Carbone said. “It brings veterans and people together.”
Sgt. Soto of Garden City, a member of the Unites States Marines, also participated in the parade riding on top of a military Humvee and was thankful for those who came out.
“It was good people showing support it feels good,” Soto said. "People honoring those who have fallen that’s pretty much what Memorial Day is about."
While all the veterans were grateful for the support and thanks that everyone gave to them, today many felt that it was time to troops home to prevent any more fallen soldiers in action.
“We actually try to honor those who we left behind and we try to get the public to realize that we don’t want this to keep happening, so we have to get after administrative, they’re the ones that keep sending them,” Carbone said.
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