Brooklyn’s 110th American Independence Day Parade has been scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 27th, on Upper 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights.
Sponsored by the Long Island Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, the parade which heralds the Birthday of America, will kick off at noon at 71st Street and go to 86th Street.
Each year, the patriotic march which was originally held on July 4, and now on the Saturday before the fourth, also salutes members of the Armed Forces, veterans and our fallen heroes. It holds the distinction of being the city’s oldest continuous Independence Day Parade.
The 2015 grand marshal is John “Moe” Maloney, a U.S. Army veteran and, for over 17 years, the commander of the K of C’s ceremonial color guard. Also being honored at the post-parade ceremonies will be Kenneth Latham, the new deputy of the Knights’ New York State Council. He will be receiving the annual Pro-Patria Award. Jimmy Geritano is the parade chair.
Journalist Henry Stewart, a Bay Ridgeite, former writer for L Magazine and the author of the blog Hey Ridge will be the guest speaker at the June 17 meeting of the Bay Ridge Historical Society.
Stewart will be discussing the history of Owl’s Head Park (which many also call Bliss Park) as well as how and why Bay Ridge Parkway is not really a true “Parkway.”
The meeting open to the public takes place inside the Shore Hill Neighborhood Center, on 91st Street, between Colonial Road and Shore Road, starting at 7:30 p.m. Andrew Gounardes is the current society president.
June 6 marked the 71st anniversary of the D-Day invasion which hastened the end of World War II. Our good friend WWII Navy veteran and American Legionnaire Howie Dunn reminds everyone to be sure to fly the American flag on June 14 which commemorates the 238th celebration of Flag Day.