“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.