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Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale hosts Memorial Day march

May. 30, 2023 By Julia Moro

On Monday, May 29, The Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale hosted a memorial service with remarks along a march that followed west along Myrtle Avenue to the Ridgewood Veterans Triangle.

People take part in the 85th annual Glendale Memorial Day Parade.

Some elected officials who joined included state Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, Congresswoman Grace Meng, and Councilwoman Joann Ariola.

Assemblymember Jenifer Rajkumar speaks at the 85th annual Glendale Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, 2023.Photo by Paul Frangipane

All spoke of ways we can best honor those who have served.

“One of the ways that we can best honor their memories is to make sure that we as local elected officials are putting our money where our mouth is,” Meng said. “It’s not about marching and taking pictures, it’s about making sure that our budgets reflect our moral compass when we say that every day is in honor of our veterans.”

Vintage cars drive across Myrtle Avenue in the 85th annual Glendale Memorial Day Parade.Photo by Paul Frangipane

Addabbo said more needs to be done to help veterans with mental illness and homelessness.

“The best way to honor those who have passed, those who have served, those who are no longer with us, is to help those still with us today,” Addabbo said.

Armed forces take part in the 85th annual Glendale Memorial Day Parade.Photo by Paul Frangipane

Ariola mentioned the importance of continuing these Memorial Day traditions for generations to come.

“We cannot let our children go without knowing how we got here. We cannot let them go and become adults without having them carry on the very tradition that has brought us here for 85 years,” Ariola said.

Photo by Paul Frangipane

Grand Marshal Michael Gorton speaks at the 85th annual Glendale Memorial Day Parade.Photo by Paul Frangipane

Photo by Paul Frangipane

The Allied Veterans’ Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale host the 85th annual Glendale Memorial Day Parade.Photo by Paul Frangipane

Additional reporting by Paul Frangipane.

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