The heat, humidity and threat of a storm was no deterrent for community members who attended Glen Cove’s Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30. Hundreds lined the streets and showed respect by clapping for the veterans and local public safety officers who proudly marched through the city’s streets. Parade participants included members of VFW, James Donahue Post 34; American Legion Post 76, Young-Simmons American Legion Post 1765 and the Dan Daly Globe and Anchor Detachment (Marine Corps).
This year’s honoree was U.S. Navy veteran Fred LaMere and the grand marshal was Michael A. Gonzalez.
LaMere served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 through 1958, achieving the rank of Quarter Master Second Class. He was stationed on the USS Caloosahatchee A098, a fleet oiler. LaMere sailed many oceans including the Caribbean, Mediterranean, North and South Atlantic and visited 17 countries. He received medals for Good Conduct, National Defense, Exhibitionery, Cold Water and for Three Years at Sea. LaMere was a Glen Cove Police officer for 26 years and has served as a Glen Cove volunteer fireman for 56 years and counting.