Maspeth honors veterans, highlights military women at parade
by Chase Collum
May 28, 2014 | 10352 views | 1 1 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Continuing its tradition of robust Memorial Day celebrations, the Maspeth community gathered to observe and participate in the neighborhood’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

“The actions taken by the women who have supported our military in so many different capacities throughout the existence of our nation have made the future for female soldiers much easier to face,” said retired Captain Laura Zimmerman. “I ask that we forgive them for remembering them as women for this one day. But I know they will, because they are soldiers.”

Honorees at this year’s parade included Leo J. Wasil, who flew 35 combat missions as a radio operator, gunner and mechanic in WWII, Korean War veteran Anthony Simone, and Jane Crowley, who joined the US Marine Corps’ Women’s Service in 1943.

On the sidelines of the parade were several veterans and military family members, including Annemarie Michitsch, mother to a 30-year-old son named Christian who is a sergeant and paratrooper in the Army.

“When he first went in it was really tough,” she said. “It was the toughest thing I had ever been through in my life. Then after basic training and he went to Afghanistan, every day you wonder if he’s going to come back.”

Michitsch said that while her son is far away at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, she felt it was important to attend the parade and show support for service veterans.

“I want to support every veteran who has been in the Army because they deserve it,” Michitsch said.

Following the parade, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank co-hosted a free BBQ featuring a well-received patriotic performance by the USO Girls with backup music provided by Joe Fuoco.

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Jackie Cavalla
June 18, 2014
Superb photography, fantastic slide show design - a wealth of images - what a great gift you've given to us - especially for those who march in the parade & don't get to see what's going on, & for all of us to remember those who've sacrificed so much.