Forum Photos by Michael V. Cusenza
The Coleman Square War Memorial honors the 41 men from the Howard Beach community that gave their lives for their country during various conflicts overseas.
By Michael V. Cusenza
Howard Beach residents of all ages gathered at Coleman Square Monday, Memorial Day, to pay homage to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces that have made the supreme sacrifice in service to their country.
Following the parade through Old Howard Beach, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2565 Commander Pat Connolly hosted the annual solemn ceremony at the Coleman Square Memorial in which community leaders and residents saluted the 41 soldiers from Howard Beach that gave their all during various conflicts—from the Great Wars across Europe to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan—to protect the American way of life.
“These young men gave up all of their tomorrows so that we could have today,” the Marine Corps veteran Connolly said, choking back tears. “We can never forget.”