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Woodside Catholic War Veterans Post 870 commemorates Memorial Day with neighborhood tributes

The head of the procession along Roosevelt Avenue. Photo by Walter Karling

May 28, 2024 By Queens Post News Team

Members of the Catholic War Veterans Post 870 paid tribute to fallen service members on Monday during their annual Memorial Day observance in a solemn procession through the heart of Woodside.

From the LIRR station, a view of the parade along 61st Street. Photo by Walter Karling

The day’s events unfolded across four Woodside locations, starting at the Vietnam War Memorial at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue. A wreath-laying ceremony marked the beginning of the tribute, with local veterans, families, and community members gathered to honor those who served.

Proceeding along 61st street with the overhead #7 subway station at the near rear and LIRR station at the far rear. Photo by Walter Karling

Saluting the flag outside the CWV Post 870 headquarters on 61st Street. Photo by Walter Karling

From there, the assembly moved to the Catholic War Veterans headquarters on 61st Street just north of Roosevelt Avenue, where Post 870 hosts its regular meetings and support activities for veterans. The headquarters served as a venue for a brief service, including speeches by veteran leaders and local dignitaries, emphasizing the ongoing needs of veterans and their families.

CWV Post 870 Commander Marvin Jeffcoat with Grand Marshal Eddie Creighton. Photo by Walter Karling

The tribute continued at the intersection of Woodside and Roosevelt Avenues, at a war memorial that stands as a testament to local heroes who have served in various conflicts. Participants laid flowers and flags, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by service members from the community.

One of the wreaths was laid by Robert Roach, a member of Scout Troop 70 Queens. Photo by Walter Karling

The final stop was the iconic Doughboy statue in Doughboy Park, a well-known local landmark honoring World War I soldiers. The statue, depicting a soldier in World War I garb, was surrounded by community members in a circle of remembrance.

The Grand Marshal, Eddie Creighton, from a CWV post in upstate New York, was introduced at Doughboy Park by Bob Barr, Vice-Commander of CWV 870. Photo by Walter Karling

The event concluded with a playing of “Taps,” the haunting bugle call that traditionally signals the end of a military funeral.

The names of the Vietnam War fallen from the Woodside neighborhood. Photo by Walter Karling

Observing the ceremony. Photo by Walter Karling

The memorial wreaths at the end of the event. Photo by Walter Karling

The Woodside Catholic War Veterans Post 870’s annual Memorial Day tribute is a cornerstone event for the community. It brings together residents of all ages to remember and reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of military personnel who have fought and died in the service of the United States.

A dog’s best friend going uphill on quite a humid day with Shara Yeon. Photo by Walter Karling

Isla Quinn solemnly waves her American flag. Photo by Walter Karling

Navy Lieutenant Shawn Park, who participated in the wreath-layings, and canine friends. Photo by Walter Karling

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