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The Village of Hempstead Memorial Day Parade is held to honor the sacrifices of innumerable individuals who sacrificed themselves to preserve the freedoms all Americans enjoy. This year marks the 137th annual Memorial Day Parade for the Inc. Village of Hempstead and American Legion Post 390. The Hempstead Memorial Day Parade is the oldest parade on Long Island. The purpose of the parade is to proclaim a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It is observed in the Village of Hempstead by decorating graves of fallen servicemen and servicewomen with flowers and flags. Some wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. Please join us as we pay respect to our fallen heroes!