Memorial Day Events Back Across Tri-State Area After Year Of COVID Cancelations – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This Memorial Day, the nation honors the brave men and women of the Armed Forces who died fighting for their country.

As CBS2’s John Dias reported, it’s going to be a busy day across the Tri-State Area. COVID restrictions have eased up, and several parades and events will be going on in all three states.

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It may be the unofficial start of summer, but more importantly, it’s a day of remembrance.

“I think of the families, the mothers and fathers that their son never came home,” Marine veteran Joseph Tuzzolino told CBS2. “Couldn’t bounce his kid on his lap or walk his daughter down the aisle.”

Tuzzolino, a Purple Heart injured in the Vietnam War, will put up flags of 10 family members. Along with other veterans, 2,169 flags will be placed throughout Clifton’s municipal complex in New Jersey.

The flags will be unfurled Monday morning, because the weekend’s rain would have damaged them.

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On this day, William Van Eck remembers his best friend, who died, and other friends. The day also reminds him of times he dropped everything to save others in Vietnam.

“They were wounded on a road and that they needed our help,” he said.

More events are scheduled Monday, including the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

But some veterans feel support may be fading over time, silencing the sacrifices that so many before them made just so we could be free.

“Years ago, when I first got out of service, you couldn’t get a spot on a parade route. Now it’s so sparse, it’s not even funny,” said Cold War veteran Mike Gimon.

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Freeport will also hold Long Island’s largest Memorial Day beginning at 10:45 a.m.

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