The Five Towns community has three parades this weekend in honor of our country’s fallen heroes.
The Cedarhurst-Lawrence Community Memorial Day Parade stepped off Sunday, May 26 at 10 a.m. from the intersection of Rockaway Turnpike and Central Avenue in Lawrence. After heading down Central Avenue into Cedarhurst, the parade will continue on Cedarhurst Avenue and into Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park for a brief memorial service.
Penina Popack, president of the Lawrence Association, Cedarhurst Mayor Ben Weinstock, Lawrence Mayor Alex Edelman, the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department, Syd Mandelbaum, commander of American Legion Post 339, and Cedarhurst Deputy Village Clerk JoMarie Capone, joined forces to organize the parade.
The Inwood parade followed at noon, beginning in the parking lot of the Inwood Long Island Rail Road station, across from Seasons Express. It ends at the intersection of Doughty Boulevard and Mott Avenue. Leonardo da Vinci Lodge 2385 Sons of Italy member and former Inwood resident James Esopa is the grand marshal.
The Hewlett-Woodmere parade takes place Monday at 9 a.m. at Irving Place and Broadway in Woodmere and finishes at Hewlett High School. Woodmere resident and Fourth Precinct South Auxiliary Inspector Danny Gluck is the grand marshal.
Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday of May. It honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.