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Showcasing patriotism in Bay Ridge: Brooklyn’s 157th Memorial Day Parade hits close to home at Fort Hamilton

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May 29, 2024 Wayne Daren Schneiderman  
Vincent Sampieri, U.S. Navy veteran of Catholic War Veterans.
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BAY RIDGE — Having a bit of rain was appropriate for a solemn event like Memorial Day. 

With the exception of some sporadic rain toward the end of the procession, Brooklyn’s 157th Memorial Day Parade went on swimmingly and without a hitch.  

Drumming up the avenue.
Drumming up the avenue.

The sun ultimately showed its face, making it the perfect backdrop for participants to come out and demonstrate their camaraderie, adulation and respect for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The parade, which is acknowledged as the oldest extant one in the U.S., stepped off promptly at 11 a.m. on Third Avenue and 78th Street and proceeded down Third Avenue to Marine, up to Fourth Avenue and over to John Paul Jones Park. 

The Kings County Conservative Party making their presence felt.
The Kings County Conservative Party making their presence felt.

Raymond Aalbue, chairman of the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade and executive director of the United Military Veterans of Kings County, described the outcome of the parade as “rewarding for all those who work so hard to make it happen, and inspirational to all those who watched.”

Aalbue, an Air Force veteran and a Bay Ridge local, has been involved with the Memorial Day Parade for more than 30 years.

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