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    Service members participate in annual Glendale-Ridgewood Memorial Day Parade


    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Cathrine Yanez | 160530-N-ZE240-099 NEW YORK (May 30, 2016) -- The American Bombshells perform after...... read more read more



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    Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

    Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Ruiz, Fleet Week New York Public Affairs

    NEW YORK – U.S. Navy Sailors and Marines marched in the 78th annual Glendale-Ridgewood Memorial Day Parade as part of 2016 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 30.

    Sailors attached to USS Bataan (LHD 5) and Marines attached to 2nd Marines Division, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines H&S Company volunteered their time to show support for the annual event.

    “For me, this parade means a lot,” said Glendale native and Army veteran Ernie Watkins. “It’s a way of remembering the people that we lost, and when you have this parade and have people come out to cheer you on, it’s the greatest thing in the world.”

    Local members of the community such as Boy Scout Troop 327, Girl Scout Troop 4204, and the U.S. Navy Armed Guard Cadets, and others organizations marched with service members during the hour-long parade that began at the Glendale Monument.

    “We saw many veterans around while marching in the parade,” said Marine Corps Sgt. Jordan Ivy. “It’s a great day to remember all the veterans and service members who made the ultimate sacrifice, and I had a great sense of pride representing the Marine Corps.”

    At the conclusion of the parade, service members were invited to the American Legion Post 1815 for food and refreshments, and were treated to a performance by The American Bombshells, a musical group who perform for service members around the world.

    FWNY, now in its 28th year, is the city's celebration of the sea services. Fleet week provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services.

    For up-to-date information on all Fleet Week events, visit the official Fleet Week New York website at, "Like" FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, and "Follow" @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. Fleet Week New York photos can be viewed on Instagram at and Flickr at Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC.



    Date Taken: 05.30.2016
    Date Posted: 05.31.2016 13:45
    Story ID: 199556
    Location: NY, US

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