The parade, which began at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park and ended with a ceremony at Maspeth Memorial Square, also honored grand marshals George O’Neill and Gloria Ann Hadziutko Maciag.
O’Neill, a Maspeth native born in 1935, owns O’Neill’s Restaurant, a longtime staple in the community. The eatery is known for being a popular spot for athletes, including the 1986 New York Mets.
O’Neill also served as an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army for two years. He has a long record of donating to charitable causes, most notably St. Jude’s Hospital and the Wounded Warriors Project.
Maciag, also a Maspeth native, has been involved in many local organizations, including the Polonaise Folk Dance Group of Maspeth, Frank Kowalinski Post 4, and the Maspeth Lions Club.
She has been president of the Kowalinski Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 4 for 21 years. Maciag was crowned Miss Polonia of Holy Cross Parish, and represented Maspeth in the Pulaski Day Parade. In 2005, she was named Citizen of the Year by the Polish American World Newspaper.
At the ceremony, Maryanna Zero, president of the United Veterans and Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth, spoke about the importance of the day.
“Memorial Day is a day when our country honors our troops, who paid the ultimate price,” she said. “Never forget the sacrifice that was made.”