Honor our U. S. Military veterans and current active military — including the uniformed service men and women participating in NYC Fleet Week 2011 — by attending one of the many Memorial Day parades in New York City. Here’s the schedule for New York City and nearby —
Soldiers and Sailors Monument — performance by a U.S. Marine Corps Band from New Orleans, followed by a ceremony of honor. Riverside Drive at 89th Street, at 10 a.m.
Green-Wood Cemetery — Ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and guided walk-through with Civil War re-enactors and decendants of some of the 127 Civil War soldiers buried here. This is a FREE event, but please register. At 3 p.m., Green-Wood Cemetery holds its annual Memorial Day Concert.
Inwood — Inwood Memorial Day Parade, Dyckman Street and Broadway (Dyckman St. is also known as 200th Street), Manhattan, at noon.
Little Neck-Douglaston – Memorial Day Parade, Jayson Avenue & Northern Blvd., Queens, at 2 p.m.
Ridgewood and Glendale — Allied Veterans Memorial Parade, 71St Street between Cooper Ave. and Myrtle Ave., Queens, at 11 a.m.
New Rochelle — New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade, Huguenot Ave. to North Ave., New Rochelle, at 11 a.m.
Fabulous fact — Memorial Day began shortly after the Civil War. Originally, it was called Decoration Day, recognizing the group of women who decorated the gravesites of both Union and Confederate solders at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30th. Read more about Memorial Day on this semi-official website.