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Flag Day Parade Sat.

Sunnyside Celebrates Stars & Stripes

Sunnyside streets will turn into a sea of red, white and blue this Saturday morning, June 14, with the community’s annual Flag Day Parade. Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside and Woodside, the march gets underway at 11 a.m. at the corner of Greenpoint and 39th avenues. Participants will proceed west on Greenpoint Avenue to Sabba Park, at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 48th Street, where a memorial ceremony for fallen soldiers and veterans will be held.

Leading the way will be Rachel Thieme, executive director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, who serves as the parade’s grand marshal this year.

Among those scheduled to participate in this year’s march include the Sunnyside Drum Corps, bagpipers, elected officials, veterans, schools and community organization members-many of whom will be waving Old Glory throughout the festivities.

Sunnyside is one of only a handful of communities across the U.S. that celebrates Flag Day, the June 14 holiday dedicated in by President Harry Truman in 1949 to mark the Continental Congress’ approval of the American flag’s design in 1777.

First held in 1969, the Sunnyside Flag Day Parade is the only one of its kind in New York City.

For more information on Saturday’s march, visit www.sunnysideparade.com.

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