Assemblywoman Markey Joins with Community on Memorial Day
to Honor Veterans and Those Who Serve Liberty
Maspeth Grand Marshal John Dolan was honored by Assemblywoman Markey
for his extraordinary service as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army during
World War II.
"Every spring our communities honor the heroes who fought and died for
our freedoms and I was proud to join solemn ceremonies in Maspeth and Woodside
on Memorial Day as we paid tribute to them and all American fighting men and
women," said Assemblywoman Margaret Markey.
In Maspeth, the annual parade of the United Veterans and Fraternal Organizations
of Maspeth honored MIAs and POWs and led along Grand Avenue to Heroes' Square
at 69th Street. The 319th Statute of Liberty Army Band led a parade of 12 bands, and
hundreds of marchers including service members, floats, antique cars and service
In Woodside, a solemn parade led to a ceremony at Doughboy Park where there were
honors for Grand Marshal Helen Olt. The program was sponsored by St. Sebastian Post
870 of the Catholic War Veterans of America. The Boulevard Gardens American Legion
Post also held a ceremony.
Assemblywoman Markey and Maspeth Federal President Kenneth Rudzewick present
a state proclamation to the second Maspeth Grand Marshal, Mary Anne Walter, a
member of the United Veterans, chair of its annual essay contest, public school
teacher and long-time Girl Scout leader.
Woodside Grand Marshal Helen Olt receives a state proclamation from Assemblywoman
Markey as her husband, Commander Gerald Olt, looks on.