The procession began at the Glendale Memorial Triangle at the intersection of Myrtle and Cooper avenues, and was hosted by the Allied Veterans Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale.
Henry J. Lippe, a veteran of the Vietnam War, served as the parade’s grand marshal, and Russell Goeller once again served as the parade Chairman and organizer.
Among the thousands of people marching and waving flags were veterans, soldiers in town for Fleet Week, and youth groups.
Specifically, they includedU.S. Navy Armed Guard Cadets, members of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Knights of Columbus, American Bombshells Patriotic Services, students from Sacred Heart Catholic Academy of Glendale, and the St. Matthias Girl Scouts.
Anchoring the tail end of the parade were members of the Ridgewood, Middle Village, and Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
The parade ended at Ridgewood Memorial Triangle near Cypress Avenue,.
Councilman Robert Holden lamented that more wasn’t done to honor members of the armed services. Holding up the day’s newspapers, he wondered why the front pages were absent of Memorial Day content.
“With the 75th anniversary of D-Day coming, I expected a better tribute for the many that gave their lives in the name of service,” he said.