American Legion Prepares For Memorial Day Parade

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The Oyster Bay Historical Society marches

Quentin Roosevelt American Legion Post No. 4 will hold its 98th annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28, coordinated by Post Commander Reginald Butt. Assembly time is 10 a.m. at South Street, Adams Street and Burtis Avenue, with a start time of 10:30 a.m.

The parade will have three divisions.

First Division: American Legion Quentin Roosevelt Post No. 4, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Oyster Bay Memorial Post 8033, AMVETS North Shore Memorial Post 21, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Oyster Bay High School band, Oyster Bay Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Daughters, the Italian-American Citizens Club, Oyster Bay Spanish Cultural Center and the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce. There will be classic cars available to transport veterans who are unable to march.

Second Division: Boy Scout Troops 299 and 253, middle school band, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and local sports teams.

Third Division: Atlantic Steamer Fire Co. No. 1, Oyster Bay Fire Co. No. 1 and East Norwich Fire Company.

If any group would like to participate in the parade, contact Reginald Butt at 516-922-7135. If anyone has an antique or classic car and would like to transport veterans during the parade, contact the parade coordinator.

Prior to the parade, Legionnaires have been distributing poppies at Stop & Shop and will have a table set up in front of the Legion building on South Street. On Saturday, May 26, the American Legion, AMVETS and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold services at four locations: Memorial Field, TR’s grave site, the Quentin Roosevelt memorial at Sagamore Hill and at the monument in front of the Italian-American Club.

On May 19, the American Legion and AMVETS, with help from Boy Scout Troop 299 and Girl Scout Troop 265, placed approximately 300 flags at four local cemeteries.

The Legion supplied the flags on the telephone poles lining the parade route. The flags were placed on the telephone poles by Harry Whaley & Son in honor of the veterans and will remain flying until after Labor Day.

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