This year marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice and the creation of Armistice/Veterans Day. Great Neck will mark the day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, with a parade up Middle Neck Road. Most people recognize the date of Nov. 11 as Veterans Day in the United States and not Armistice Day.
The day recognized the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front during World War I. It took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” — in November of 1918. It officially became a national holiday on Nov. 11, 1919.
Over 20 million men and women have served in our military. We honor all the men and women who have honorably served in our armed forces, whether living or not. And we especially give thanks to the living veterans who have served in the military during times of both peace and war.
The parade will step off from the Alert Fire Company firehouse, 555 Middle Neck Road, at 10:45 a.m. sharp. Led by a formal color guard, members of the Alert and Vigilant fire companies, members of local American Legion Post 160, local elected officials and commissioners, and members of Great Neck scout troops, will march to the Village Green.
Great Neck Parade Chair Louise McCann, Commander of Charles A. Fowler American Legion Post #160, will start the ceremony promptly at 11 a.m. at the Village Green. At that time, she said “we will observe one or more moments of silence as a sign of respect for the more than 20 million people who have served our great nation, as well as the over one million who have died, both military and civilian, in all our wars and conflicts”.
All residents of Great Neck are encouraged to gather at the Village Green at 11 a.m. for the brief ceremonies in front of the Wall of Remembrance and to honor all who have served our great country from the Great Neck community. For further information, please contact the parade committee at GNPARADES@gmail.com.