Glen Cove’s Memorial Day weekend activities include the decoration of the city’s war monuments, a church memorial service and a commemorative parade. The Memorial Day Parade Committee, whose members represent the 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), have selected Fred LaMere as the 2016 parade honoree and Michael A. Gonzalez is the parade’s grand marshal.
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. He is the father of six, grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of two.
Upon being selected as the 2016 Glen Cove Memorial Day honoree, LaMere said, “This is an esteemed honor and while I don’t feel worthy of such recognition, I am proud of my service to the U.S. Navy and the Glen Cove community.”
Sunday, May 29: Decoration of the City’s War Monuments
1 p.m. Monument at Forest Avenue and Ford Street
1:30 p.m. Monument at the Church of St. Rocco
2 p.m. Monument at Elm Avenue and Frost Pond Road
3 p.m. Memorial Church Service honoring the nation’s war dead held at St. Rocco’s Church.
Monday, May 30
11 a.m. The City of Glen Cove Memorial Day ceremonies begin with the Veterans Memorial Park Ceremony at Monument Park (Ford St. and Forest Ave.). LaMere will be recognized following the ceremonies dedicated to the memory of the nation’s men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice.
11:30 a.m. The parade will assemble on the corner of Cottage Row and School Street and will step off at noon, continues down School Street, Glen Street, right onto Pulaski Street, right onto the Arterial Highway and ending at Charles Street.