Site Changed For Memorial Day Ceremony
The new veterans’ memorial will be the location of this year’s Memorial Day ceremony, announced John C. Donovan, commander of William Bradford Turner Post 265 of the American Legion. This will allow for the memorial’s unveiling and dedication in combination with the traditional Memorial Day ceremony.
The memorial is located in front of the LIRR train station, across the street from the Garden City Hotel. The ceremony is usually held in front of the Garden City Middle School.
On Monday, Garden City’s Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies will honor all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. The day’s activities will begin at 9 a.m. with a non-denominational service at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. A parade through the Village of Garden City will step off at 10 a.m. from Cherry Valley Avenue and Tenth Street, and proceed east on Tenth Street, south on Franklin Avenue and west on Seventh Street, ending at the new Garden City War Memorial, which will be completed just in time for its official dedication.
“Activities have been taking place at a rapid pace since the Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Garden City War Memorial, with the final monuments placed just the day before yesterday, only five days before Memorial Day,” said Donovan. Last week, The Garden City News reported that workers were busy installing monuments for the new memorial. This week the granite and bronze supplier returned with the last of the monuments, including a refurbished World War II bronze plaque now mounted on a 9-footwide by 6-foot-high granite wall, which will be the memorial’s centerpiece.
This year’s parade Grand Marshal is Marine Corps First Lieutenant, soon to be Captain, John Adamo. First Lt. Adamo is a 2003 graduate of Garden City High School and a 2007 graduate of Princeton University. After being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation from Princeton, Lt. Adamo attended several advanced combat training courses before being deployed to Iraq from December 2008 to October 2009. He is being honored for his significant service to our country during wartime.
Garden City’s parade is a highlight for the thousands of children and adults who march in it or who cheer from sidewalks along the route. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will take place inside the Middle School auditorium at 11 a.m.