East Meadow

East Meadow FD Honors Veterans on Memorial Day

On overcast morning of Memorial Day, May 27, 2024, our community once more gathered our family, friends, and neighbors together in honor of the men and women of our military heroes who protect our way of life each and every day.

As an early morning shower turned to an afternoon rain, it could do little to dampen the spirits of our residents who made certain on this day that our armed forces would again be honored for all their sacrifices in protecting the freedom of our great country.

This year was no different for the East Meadow Fire Department. Countless hours were spent cleaning and polishing all District equipment to prepare for the annual inspection of trucks and fire stations by the Board of Fire Commissioners and Chiefs. No doubt, it was a proud tradition unaffected by time.

At 9 am on Monday morning, all members were called to attention in full dress uniform by 1st Assistant Chief Michael Wood for the Memorial Day Inspection.

The early morning ceremony included the lowering of the flag to half-staff as members saluted in unison to the sound of taps. Members soon turned to the memorial bell at Fire Headquarters where our department reflected on the members who passed in the last year.

In a solemn tribute, wreaths were set in the ground by representatives of the Chiefs, Board of Fire Commissioners, Benevolent Association, and Ladies Auxiliary.

A speech recognizing the meaning of the day was given by Chief of Department James Walsh, as well as Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioner John J. Priest. Their words put all the week’s work into perspective, preparing our organization for this day of military remembrance.

Proudly, the East Meadow Fire Department boasts many firefighters who have also dedicated their lives as members of the Marines, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard. In our membership, you can find a hero from nearly every conflict of the past fifty years.

On this day, we salute each of you, our armed forces, for the sacrifices you have made to keep our country safe and our borders secure. With the ceremony complete, East Meadow firefighters boarded their apparatus and headed to Eisenhower Park to lay a wreath at the foot of the Nassau County firefighter’s memorial.

At 10 am, the parade began its way down Carman Avenue. In a massive display of pride and honor, one contingent after another passed, including veterans of military service, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, our local dignitaries, and the Nassau County Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums band.

The parade gave EMFD members the opportunity to show the fruits of their hard work before a grateful community and to demonstrate the strong support our organization has for our military service.

Another year passed, and once again, the East Meadow Fire Department showed its community roots in remembering our military to the highest of standards. This activity has been carried out in the East Meadow Fire Department for nearly 75 years.

Our department and community will always be grateful for those who fought to protect our freedom.

Photos: Jay Zinger
Story: John J. O’Brien Sr