The task of erecting the garden became too physically demanding for the membership, so in 2007 a new tradition was born when the task was handed over to Franklin K. Lane's ROTC under the guidance of Sgt. Major David Valentin.
The American Legion will hold its annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m. There will be a ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance and afterwards everyone will be invited inside for refreshments. American Legion Post 118 is located at 89-02 91st Street in Woodhaven.
There will also be a "Thank You to our Veterans" barbecue at the American Legion arranged by the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association at noon on Flag Day, which this year is on Saturday, June 14. The event will include a flag day presentation by local students of St. Thomas the Apostle.
A photo of the ROTC on Saturday and the Garden of Remembrance in 1962.