Speaker, honoree announced for Memorial Day Parade
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Retired Captain Laura Zimmermann will be a featured speaker on Sunday, May 25, at a ceremony after the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade. The ceremony will take place at Maspeth Veterans Square, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, at 2 p.m.

She will speak on the theme of the parade, “Maspeth Honors Women in the Military.”

Zimmermann enlisted and completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on April 24, 1976. She worked her enlisted rank to SFC and worked as chief ward master of 343rd Evac Hospital in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.

After 14 years as an enlisted soldier, she accepted her commission as second lieutenant on June 27, 1990. Zimmermann continued to work with the 343rd Evac Hospital until it was disbanded.

She was then assigned as personnel officer at the 8th Medical Brigade in Fort Hamilton, serving as the mobilization officer in the deployment preparations for soldiers and family support for 11 years.

Zimmermann retired on April 24, 2000. Her noted decorative badges include Component Achievement Medal Army Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Component Achievement Medal.

Crowley to be honored

Jane Crowley joined the United States Marine Corp Women’s Service in 1943. On January 1, 1944, Crowley was assigned to boot camp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, which she complete as private first class.

She would remain on active duty for the remainder of WWII, and resigned months after the fall of Japan. Crowley returned to the home of her parents, Timothy Dennis Sullivan, born in Brooklyn and a U.S. Army Veteran of WWI, and her mother Ethel Pender.

Crowley continued her service as a community activist and editor of the Maspeth Chronicle, and has helped restore the Queens Historical Society to the viable institution it is today. Crowley also served as executive director of Maspeth Town Hall and was grand marshal of the 1993 Memorial Day Parade.
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