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Sunnyside marks Flag Day with parade

By Bill Parry

Patriotism was on the march Saturday in Sunnyside as thousands took part in the 45th annual Flag Day Parade down Greenpoint Avenue. While there are several Flag Day observations around the borough, Sunnyside is believed to be the only neighborhood with a parade.

“We’re the only ones in the whole city, can you believe that?” civic leader Don McCallion said.

The march, organized by the Kiwanis Club, has become a signature event in Sunnyside, drawing dozens of community groups and hundreds of local school students. The Sunnyside Drum Corps, the Armagh Pipe Band and the Aviation H.S. Color Guard and Drum Line all performed.

“It’s a wonderful turnout by the community every year,” Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley said. “We believe in celebrating our nation’s flag and it’s meaning.”

The march was followed by speeches from elected leaders and a moment of silence for fallen veterans at Sabba Park.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 718-260-4538.

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