May 15th Veterans News and Updated Events

May 18, 2007 | Things to Do

For your information – Mid-month (Federal, State and Local) veteran’s news. Please forward to others. Come out to the events on May 19th – they are both important and gives vets a chance to come together and learn about available resources.

Also, please attend the rally at City Hall on May 23rd (info below and flyer posted on NYMetroVets). This is an important rally for those who return home. Lastly, if you haven’t already, please join NYMetroVets. Thanks and have a wonderful Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. Take care….Joe Bello


Veteran’s News
(1) Capitol Hill Watch – House Committee Passes Six Veterans’ Health Care Measures.
(2) VA Bonus Winners sat on Reveiw boards. (Note: According to the VA Bonus listing – Northport VAMC Director Robert Schuster received $8,000; Manhattan VAMC Director John Donnellan received $19,000 while VISN3 Director James Farsetta received $24,000.)
(3) Party’s Stars allying with Rep. Murphy.
(4) Yonkers opens new residence for homeless veterans.
(5) NYDN: In Line to be Semper Fired.
(6) Time: Finding Jobs for Vets back Home.

MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS WITHIN NYC (*UPDATED*): The following is a list of events that are taking place throughout the five boroughs (with one outside NYC) during the month of May. This list is not all inclusive and other events may be taking place throughout the city. Any other events will be posted separately. Please pass on to others.

May 18, 2007 – Please join Ilona Meagher, author of: Moving a Nation to Care: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and America’s Returning Troops for a conversation and book signing at 7:30 PM at the NYC-Greenwich Village Barnes & Noble, located at 396 Avenue of the Americas at 8th Street, Tel: (212) 674-8780. (Note: Flyer posted on NYMetroVets)

May 19, 2007 – Bronx Veteran’s and Family Day. Please join Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. and other Bronx elected officials as they salute our veterans, past and present as well as the families of our fallen hero’s with this Veterans and Family Day. This event will run from 10 AM to 2 PM at Pelham Bay Park, Bronx (Behind the Veterans Memorial). There will be Resource tables for veterans as well as fun activities for the whole family. There will also be a BBQ, Music and entertainment and games, as well as a chess and dominoes tournament. This is a public event.

May 19, 2007 – Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Queens Chapter 32 invite all Veterans, Spouses, or eligible dependents of any conflict to its 16th Annual Queens Veterans Information Day (VID) at the Lost Battalion Hall, 93-29 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY (Located North side of Queens Blvd, between 62nd Ave and 62nd Drive.) This event will run from 10 AM until 3 PM and will provide veterans and their eligible dependents with free assistance with filing compensation and pension claims with the VA. Also, information will be available on VA benefits, health care, document retrieval and job opportunities. It is preferred, though not required for veterans to bring their discharge papers. For more information call (718) 830-0037.

May 19, 2007 – The 13th Annual Great Kills Armed Forces Day Parade (Staten Island) will step off promptly at 11 AM at the corner of Durant and Cleveland Avenues in Great Kills, with the reviewing stand near the Great Kills train station. Formation for the parade will start at 10 AM. Please call (718) 317-6220 if you want more information or your group would like to participate in the parade.

May 19, 2007 – Please join in the Street-naming ceremony at 12 PM honoring Captain John J. McKenna, USMC who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq. The ceremony will take place on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and E. Second Street, Brooklyn. The USMC, VFW, Catholic War Vets, NYS Trooper Honor Guards, the Boy and Girl Scouts, and the NYPD Pipe and Drum Band will be in attendance as they enshrine this Brooklyn patriot’s name on Capt. John J. McKenna Way.

May 20, 2007 – Harlem’s legendary 369th Veterans Association will hold its 40th Annual Veteran’s Parade at 1 PM sharp in Manhattan. The parade will start at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue and continue to 86th Street and 3rd Avenue. The reviewing stand will be at 69th and 5th Avenue. For more information, please call (212) 281-3308.

May 20, 2007 – All are invited to attend the St. Alban’s Memorial Day Program sponsored by the St. Albans VAVS Executive Committee and presented by the USO Troupe of Metropolitan New York. This event will take place at 2 PM at the St. Albans Primary and Extended Care Center, Linden Blvd and 179th Street, St. Albans, NY. See a live Rifle Firing Squad and hear our Bugle Taps. There will be free refreshments served after the show.

May 20, 2007 – Midland Beach Veterans Memorial. This is the Staten Island neighborhood John R. Tamburri, Jr. is from and for whom the AMVETS Post 917 is named after. This momument is exceptional because it names all those killed in action from Midland Beach in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and is dedicated to all those who served and are currently serving. A mass will be held at St. Margaret Mary’s Church (566 Lincoln Ave) at 12 PM with the Ceremony taking place at 1 PM. The momument is where Midland Ave ends at Fr. Capodanno Blvd. If you have any questions or are interested in more information, please contact Bobby Tamburri at (718) 813-4118.

May 23, 2007 – Calling ALL Veterans and Supporters: Join the Veterans Rally for Justice! With over 300,000 veterans in NYC and more returning every day, the city DOES NOT provide any direct service for veterans. Join us on the steps of City Hall at 12 PM as we Rally to call on the city administration to fund resource centers for veterans. For more information, call (718) 205-3881.(Note: Flyer posted on NYMetroVets)

May 23 – May 30, 2007 – Fleet Week. The 20th Anniversary of Fleet Week officially begins on May 23rd with the Parade of Ships up the Narrows, passing under the Verrazano Bridge. Several ships will be docking in Staten Island for the week. Please check www.fleetweek.navy.mil for updated information.

May 24 – May 30, 2007 – Fleet Week Public Ship Tours will be held each day at the Stapleton Homeport in Staten Island and in NYC. Times are TBD. Please check www.fleetweek.navy.mil for updated information.

May 24, 2007 – The Manhattan VA Medical Center, located on 23rd Street and 1st Avenue in Manhattan is having a Memorial Day Observance Ceremony in the Atrium at 11 AM. Light Refreshments will follow. All are invited to attend.

May 24, 2007 – The Youth, Volunteers and Staff of the Stories of Service program of the Digital Clubhouse Network cordinally invite you to attend our Memorial Day 2007 – Tribute To Service. This event will take place from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Vietnam Veterans Plaza – 55 Water Street (Manhattan). This venue is outdoors near the water so please bring an extra layer of clothing. Join us for Stories of Service videos produced by local youth about those who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, Stories of the Fallen videos produced by youth and the families of those lost in Iraq, and Proformances and presentations by youth leaders highlighting the meaning of Memorial Day. For more information, or to see sample stories, please visit: www.stories-of-service.org or contact (212) 269-4284.

May 25, 2007 – The New York Council, Navy League is sponsoring a Commanding Officers Reception at the New York Athletic Club at 6 PM. All the Commanding Officers of all the ships as well as the Senior Officers of the Northeast Region will be present. The cost is $50 dollars, which will be collected at the New York Athletic Club. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Ralph Slane at (917) 301-3666 or e-mail him at: INTREP1660@aol.com.

May 26 – 27, 2007 – The US Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at the 2007 Bethpage Federal Credit Union New York Air Show at Jones Beach, NY this Memorial Day Weekend. Also this year, the US Navy’s newest multi-role fighter, the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet will perform, as well as the US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt and, making its first appearance at this years show, the B-1B Lancer bomber. The Thunderbirds will stage from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. Although the following dates have been approved, they are subject to change. Show starts at 10 AM and ends at 3 PM. For more information concerning this event, please visit: http://www.jonesbeachairshow.com/. [Source: BFCU]

May 27, 2007 – Join the Lexington Council, #293 (Knights of Columbus) and St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771 (American Legion) for the 7th Annual Greenpoint Memorial Parade (Brooklyn) honoring: All Military Veterans, living and deceased, the 90th Anniversary of the Start of WWI, the 20th Anniversary of Fleet Week and Cpl. Jason Dunham, USMC of New York – Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor Posthumously for actions in Iraq. The Parade starts at 9 AM from Driggs Avenue to Java Street (former St. Alphonsus School Hall). 9:45 AM – Memorial Mass at Polish-Slavic Center, 176 Java Street. 10:45 AM – (Java Street and Manhattan Ave) Parade continues from the Polish-Slavic Center to Nassau Avenue to McGuinness Boulevard. Memorial service, Flag Raising and Taps will take place at Father Studzinski Square (Driggs Avenue and McGuinness Blvd. For more information, visit: http://www.greenpointveteransparade.org/.

May 27, 2007 – The College Point Citizens for Memorial Day will be having a Memorial Day Parade (Queens) starting at 2 PM (Rain or Shine). The route will begin at 26th Avenue on College Point Boulevard in College Point. If you are interested in participating, please call Fred Mazzarello at (718) 939-3393.

May 27, 2007 – Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade (Queens). This parade starts at American Legion Continental Post 1424, 107-15 Metropolitan Avenue. The step off is at 12 PM. The parade will head down Metropolitan Avenue to Woodhaven Boulevard for about 1.25 miles. It will end at Remsen Park on Woodhaven Boulevard. For more information contact: (718) 835-1587.

May 27, 2007 – The Maspeth Memorial Day Parade (Queens). This parade will begin at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park at 1 PM on Grand Avenue and 72nd Street. The route will take the parade down Grand Avenue until a right on 61st Street. The parade will then make a right onto 56th Road, where it will merge into Clinton Avenue and continue back to Grand Avenue. The parade will end at Grand Street and 69th Lane. For more information, please contact Marlene Sommella at (718) 672-8333.

May 27, 2007 – Veterans for Peace (VFP), VVAW, IVAW and the ALB, along with Military Families Speak Out and 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows are having a Memorial Day Ceremony at the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 55 Water Street (Manhattan) at 12 PM. The ceremony will be followed by a procession through Battery Park, with flowers to the waterfront in honor of those who have died in war. For more information, please call (212) 726-0557.

May 27, 2007 – The Manhattan VA Medical Center, located at 423 East 23rd Street will be hosting a gathering Honoring Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans. The event will take place from 3 PM to 5 PM outside the A & B Atrium. There will be singing, food, games and a cookout. For more information, contact Chaplain Charles E. Hall at (718) 836-6600 ext. 3396.

May 28, 2007 – The Col. Edward O. Gourdin, VFW Post 5298 will be having its annual Laurelton Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at 9 AM in Laurelton, Queens, NY. The parade will start at the intersection of Francis Lewis Blvd. and Merrick Blvd. The parade will march down Merrick Blvd. to 225th Street; turn left at 225th Street and North Conduit Avenue where there will be a Memorial Day ceremony with local elected officials and others. For more information, please call (718) 525-7655.

May 28, 2007 – The Soldier’s & Sailor’s Memorial Association will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10:30 AM at the Soldier’s & Sailor’s Monument located on Riverside Drive at West 89th Street (Manhattan). For more information, call Dr. George Chall at (212) 580-0745 or email: ssmassn@msn.com.

May 28, 2007 – Kings County Memorial Day Parade. Brooklyn’s parade is in its 140th year – the longest continuous running parade in the nation. It kicks off at 11 AM on 3rd Avenue and 87th Street, runs to Marine Avenue and then up to 4th Avenue and over to John Paul Jones Park for a ceremony to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. This year’s theme is: “We will always remember.” Former Brooklyn Borough President Howard Goldin is the Grand Marshall. The ceremony in John Paul Jones Park includes a wreath laying, flag raising, 21-gun salute and Taps. For more information, call (917) 873-1508.

May 28, 2007 – The Glendale Memorial Day Parade (Queens) will be start at 11 AM from the corner of Cooper and Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood. The parade marches to Cypress and Myrtle Avenue in Glendale. Pat Toro is this year’s Grand Marshall. For more information, contact Julius Landherr at (718) 366-0121.

May 28, 2007 – USIVO Memorial Day Parade (Staten Island). The 88th Annual USIVO Memorial Day parade steps off promptly at 11:30 AM at the corner of Hart Boulevard and Forest Avenue near Silver Lake. The reviewing stand is near the intersection of Forest Avenue Shopper’s Town and Hamlin Street. Please call Fred Black – (718) 987-3826 if your group would like to participate in the parade.

May 28, 2007 – The Pelham Memorial Day Parade will be held at 11:30 AM, Monday, May 29, 2005 in Pelham, Bronx. The parade begins on the esplanade, proceeds along Wolfs Lane and finishes on Fifth Avenue near Veterans Memorial Park where a ceremony will take place. This year’s parade honors Vietnam Veterans. Call Ken Kraetzer at (914) 450-9554 for more information.

May 28, 2007 – American Legion Inwood Post #581’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade (Manhattan) will step off on Broadway and Dyckman Street in the Inwood section of Northern Manhattan at 12 PM. A wreath laying ceremony will take place at 12:45 PM at the flagpole in Inwood Hill Park on Seaman Avenue and Isham Street. Prior to the parade, at 9:30 AM, the annual memorial mass will take place at Good Shepherd Parish, proceeded by a wreath laying ceremony at the 9/11 cross and memorial, which is located on the corner of Broadway and Isham Street. Your presence would not only be a tribute to our fallen service members, but to their families and all veterans. For more information, please contact Thomas Hoare at tchoare@msn.com or (212) 567-1501.

May 28, 2007 – Far Rockaway American Legion Memorial Day Parade (Queens). This parade kicks off at 12 PM at Beach 129th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd. The parade ends at Beach 94th Street. Contact the Daniel M. O’Connell American Legion Post # 272.

May 28, 2007 – The City Island Memorial Day Parade (Bronx) will be held at 2 PM and runs all the way down to the end of the Island. For more information, please call (718) 885-0639 on either Monday or Thursday.

May 28, 2007 – Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade (Queens). The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade will start at Jayson & Northern Blvd. (Great Neck) at 2 PM and proceed west to St. Anastasia’s schoolyard until 4 PM. The route is approximately 1.5 miles long. The closing ceremony will take place at 4:30 PM in St. Anastasia’s schoolyard and free hot dogs and cold beverages will also be served at St. Anastasia’s schoolyard. The 24th Annual Memorial Day Interfaith Service will take place around 10 AM followed by the wreath laying ceremony at the flag and memorial at the corner of Northern Blvd. and Alameda Avenue. This year’s theme is “Stars and Stripes.” For more information visit: www.memorialdayparade.org.

May 28, 2007 – The New York Philharmonic has announced the details of its free Memorial Day concert, presented annually for the last 16 years at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. For the third straight year, Xian Zhang will conduct this concert. The program includes Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and Brahms Symphony No. 1. The doors will open at 7 PM and the concert begins at 8 PM. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is located at Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street. For more information, please call the Cathedral’s Visitors’ Center at (212) 316-7540.