Dozens of community members and visitors gathered in the Village of Ocean Beach today to pay tribute to our country’s veterans and active service members at the Fire Island community’s Memorial Day parade.
Fire Islanders and tourists watched as representatives of the Veteran’s American Legion, the United States Coast Guard, American Legion’s Joseph Loeffler Post 1006 of Brentwood and 92-year-old Don Robbins marched from the firehouse down the sandy paths to the center of town outside the Community House.
The Ocean Beach Police Department and Ocean Beach Fire Department also participated in the parade.
“We’re here to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” Ocean Beach Mayor Jim Mallott said at the ceremony. “This is our annual Memorial Day, it’s been a little scarce these last few years, last year it rained, so we are looking forward to a beautiful weekend from here on out.”
Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter joined in on the tribute, as well, thanking the crowd for taking the time to attend the event.
She acknowledged that although the number of veteran participants was small this year, as many have passed on, the “spirit is still there.”
Robbins is Ocean Beach’s longtime bugler who plays the taps yearly on his trumpet and did so again this Memorial Day as the crowd silently listened on.
“Today, we honor all who serve, but particularly those who gave all, so we could enjoy the freedoms that we could enjoy,” Carpenter said. “What I see here today is a village that comes together [and] understands what it’s all about.”
Scroll down to view photos from Ocean’s Beach 2022 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. All of the photos were taken by Ana Borruto.