Memorial Day Parade committee plans 2016 march
Brooklyn event is one of oldest in U.S.
The Kings County Memorial Day Parade is one of the oldest, continuously run parades in the U.S., according to organizers who are busy making plans for the 2016 version.
The 149th Annual Kings County Memorial Day Parade will take place in Bay Ridge on May 30, starting at 11 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Service, Valor, Sacrifice.” The march is sponsored by the group United Military Veterans of Kings County.
The parade’s origins date back to 1867.
General membership meetings to plan and discuss the logistics of the parade will be held at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton Post Chapel, Building 219 on Wednesdays, Feb. 17, Mar. 16 and April 20 at 11 a.m. The final meeting before the parade will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.
In order to gain entry to the military installation to attend the planning meetings, call Anthony Giovinco at 917-664-8850.
The organizing committee is inviting all veterans, marching bands, civic and business groups, schools and church groups to march in the parade.
The committee members include Joe Tiralongo, Irene Berger, Liette Pedraza, Peter DeAngelis, Ray Aalbue, Prisco DeAngelis, Anthony Giovinco, Ted General, Vincent Sampieri, George Boston, Connie Ranocchia and Cary Spickler.
Veterans do not have to be a member of a veteran’s organization to march in the parade, according to committee members, who said they welcome the participation of all veterans.
For more information on the parade, visit www.brooklynmemorialdayparade.com, or visit the Facebook page of the United Military Veterans of Kings County.
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