SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Every subscription to the Northport Journal helps cover the costs to keep the paper online and operating, and contributes to our mission: to deliver the best local news possible, quickly and credibly.
Subscribe 

Memorial Day observances to remember fallen service members in Northport, East Northport

People by: Joanne Kountourakis, May 26, 2022

Wreaths laid at the World War II monument near Village Park, photographed last year on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day observances, scheduled for this Monday, May 30 in Northport and East Northport, will remember and honor the men and women who lost their lives for our country. In Northport Village, a line of march led by American Legion Post 694 and post commander Bill McKenna will begin at 10am at First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Church and Main Street. The procession includes wreath placements at 12 stops along Main Street and into Northport Village Park, listed below:

  1. Civil War monument in front of First Presbyterian Church

  2. Chief Warrant Officer John W. Engeman’s monument in the main lobby of the namesake John W. Engeman Theater. Engeman, brother of Patricia O’Neil, was killed in action during operation “Iraqi freedom” in the Middle East on May 14, 2006

  3. World War I monument located in front of the Northport Historical Society, which lists names of ten soldiers

  4. Servicemen monuments in front of the Northport Fire House, one for U.S. Marine Captain Joseph John Boccia, who was killed in action on October 23,1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, along with 240 other service members in a bombing, and the other for USCG Nathan Bruckenthal, the first United States Coast Guardsman to be killed in action in the Iraq war, in 2004

  5. World War II monument located at Bayview and Main Street, with the names of 15 service members

  6. The Anchor, also at at Bayview and Main Street, which symbolizes the “Anchor of Hope” as a MIA monument for those still missing or lost in action

  7. Korean War monument on Main Street, on the south side of the parking lot, reads “Korea and Vietnam”

  8. Iraq and Afghanistan monument on the south end of Main Street, next to the parking lot entrance

  9. Service Women's monument on the left side of the parking lot, across from Iraq monument

  10. The Vietnam War monument on the north side of Main Street, close to the waterfront, which has the names of four service members

  11. World War II monument at the base of the flagpole in the Village Park

  12. Harbor symbol, a wreath thrown into the harbor for those lost at sea in war time

In East Northport, an annual Memorial Day parade hosted by Knights of Columbus #6893 and Fr. Thomas A. Judge will begin on Monday, May 30, at 12:15pm. The parade route will head north on Larkfield Road from Clay Pitts Road to John Walsh Memorial Park just south of Pulaski Road.