Barbara Quigley Barba was a longtime Oak Park resident who co-chaired the parade's Art & Essay Contest beginning in 1997. A kindergarten teacher in the Elwood School District in Suffolk County, this devoted wife and mother managed to be a tireless volunteer with the Lions Club, Queens Flag Day Committee and the Parade. Barbara never lost focus. She said her favorite memory was, "Having my boys and watching them grow up." When asked what was her biggest challenge, she replied, “People need to remember that Memorial Day is more than just the unofficial first day of summer.” Barbara passed away in a tragic home accident on August 25, 2016 and she is sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

We memorialize her in our contest.

This year, our Art & Essays Contests are being funded through a generous donation from Alvin and Rochelle Dunaisky, in honor of the late Rod O'Connell, who is remembered by many as "The Mayor of Douglaston," and in his mint green fin back convertible, as a fixture in the Memorial Day Parade. 

 

Gerard (Rod) O’Connell lived in the same house in Douglaston for over 40 years. He started his career as a realtor at the Bryce Rea family, and through his panache and passion to sell homes in the area, he rose to be an owner and broker of record with Bryce Rea Associates.

Rod‘s life encompassed all aspects of our Little Neck-Douglaston community. He was involved with PS 98, St. Anastasia, Holy Cross High School, Community Church of Douglaston Theater, Lions Club, Visiting Nurse Service, Douglaston Civic Association and more. 

Because Rod so loved Theater and the Arts and felt so strongly that we had to teach youngsters the importance of honoring our Armed Forces, Alvin and Rochelle Dunaisky are proud to make this generous donation in his name.

In memory of our late friend, this year's Grand Prizes for the Arts & Essays Contests are now the Rod O'Connell Awards.

!2018 AE GP  Jinhang Ren MS 158 DSC_9074
!2018 AE GP Jinhang Ren MS 158 DSC_9074
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!2018 AE 0 1 Timothy Yang PS 221 DSC_8884
!2018 AE 0 1 Timothy Yang PS 221 DSC_8884
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!2018 AE 0 2 Liam Doyle DWCA DSC_8881
!2018 AE 0 2 Liam Doyle DWCA DSC_8881
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!2018 AE 0 3 Grace Banks DWCA DSC_8879
!2018 AE 0 3 Grace Banks DWCA DSC_8879
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!2018 AE 1 1 Devin Lesseraux PS 98 DSC_8903
!2018 AE 1 1 Devin Lesseraux PS 98 DSC_8903
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!2018 AE 1 2 Dylan Park PS 98 DSC_8900
!2018 AE 1 2 Dylan Park PS 98 DSC_8900
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!2018 AE 1 3 Christopher Kim PS 98 DSC_8898
!2018 AE 1 3 Christopher Kim PS 98 DSC_8898
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!2018 AE 2 1 Emily Kang PS 94 DSC_8870
!2018 AE 2 1 Emily Kang PS 94 DSC_8870
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!2018 AE 3 1 Terrian Wang PS 221 DSC_8964
!2018 AE 3 1 Terrian Wang PS 221 DSC_8964
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!2018 AE 3 2 Kaylee LoGuidice PS 98 DSC_8962
!2018 AE 3 2 Kaylee LoGuidice PS 98 DSC_8962
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!2018 AE 4 1 Juleen Lim PS 94 DSC_9044_edited
!2018 AE 4 1 Juleen Lim PS 94 DSC_9044_edited
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!2018 AE 4 2 Samantha Hsieh PS 94 DSC_9042
!2018 AE 4 2 Samantha Hsieh PS 94 DSC_9042
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!2018 AE 4 3 Alan Lee PS 94 DSC_9040
!2018 AE 4 3 Alan Lee PS 94 DSC_9040
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!2018 AE 5 1 Kellen Yu PS 94 DSC_9051
!2018 AE 5 1 Kellen Yu PS 94 DSC_9051
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!2018 AE 5 2 William John (Liam) Motzing Jr PS 98 DSC_9049
!2018 AE 5 2 William John (Liam) Motzing Jr PS 98 DSC_9049
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!2018 AE 5 3 Ann Yao PS 94 DSC_9047
!2018 AE 5 3 Ann Yao PS 94 DSC_9047
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!2018 AE 5 4 Elin Chan PS 94 DSC_8982_edited
!2018 AE 5 4 Elin Chan PS 94 DSC_8982_edited
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!2018 AE 6 1 Wesley Chan MS 67 DSC_8837_edited
!2018 AE 6 1 Wesley Chan MS 67 DSC_8837_edited
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!2018 AE 6 2 Eric Lee MS 67 DSC_8839
!2018 AE 6 2 Eric Lee MS 67 DSC_8839
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!2018 AE 6 3 Maggie Yang MS 67  DSC_8855_edited
!2018 AE 6 3 Maggie Yang MS 67 DSC_8855_edited
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!2018 AE 7 1 Joyce Chan MS 158 DSC_8833
!2018 AE 7 1 Joyce Chan MS 158 DSC_8833
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!2018 AE 7 2 Eileen Chen MS67 DSC_8816_edited
!2018 AE 7 2 Eileen Chen MS67 DSC_8816_edited
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!2018 AE 7 3 Melanie Xie MS 158 DSC_8825
!2018 AE 7 3 Melanie Xie MS 158 DSC_8825
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!2018 AE 8 1 Cynthia Li MS 158 DSC_9072_edited
!2018 AE 8 1 Cynthia Li MS 158 DSC_9072_edited
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!2018 AE 8 2 Kaitlin Lai MS 158 DSC_9070
!2018 AE 8 2 Kaitlin Lai MS 158 DSC_9070
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!2018 AE 8 3 Ezra Lee MS 158 DSC_9068_edited
!2018 AE 8 3 Ezra Lee MS 158 DSC_9068_edited
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Thanks to our volunteers, sponsors and donors who make this  day a success
and especially
THANK YOU VETERANS FOR MAKING THIS DAY POSSIBLE

THE 2019 LINE OF MARCH -- UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 2019 PRESS REPORTS
Under Construction
See links to 2018 media on our 2018 home page

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Special thanks to City Entertainment Services Inc for audio and stage equipment 

THE PARADE COMMITTEE MEETS AT
COMMUNITY CHURCH OF LITTLE NECK
46-16 LITTLE NECK PARKWAY, LITTLE NECK, NY 11362
Email info@lndmemorialday.org to learn more

DON'T MISS THE POST-PARADE FESTIVITIES IN DIVINE WISDOM ACADEMY  SCHOOLYARD - STARTS  AS THE FIRST MARCHING GROUPS ENTER!

Free refreshments before the closing ceremonies

(we reserve the right to limit quantities to the general public)

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