An “Evening in Honor of Dinner” honors veterans and benefits the Memorial Day Parade. The vets need your help.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – To honor the brave members of the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives to keep our freedoms free, Staten Island’s 103rd Memorial Day Parade will be held Monday, May 30 at noon at Forest Intersection Avenue and Hart Boulevard at Randall Manor.

Members of the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard will drive vehicles with The Rolling Thunder and a number of veterans organizations from Staten Island.

However, the event, which is sponsored each year by the United States Veterans Organization, a group of 16 veteran organizations, needs the help of the community.

James A. Haynes III, the band’s general manager and dinner chair, says the cost of the bands, insurance and other incidentals related to the parade comes to about $22,000.

A Civil War cannon was part of the Memorial Day parade in 2021. (Courtesy/Lee Covino)Staten Island Advance

And although the organization receives help from the borough president’s office and other supporters, the expenses have exceeded this amount.

The organization organizes an “evening of honor” in order to raise funds to supplement the expenses incurred in order to make the parade a success.

Wednesday. On May 4, USIVO will host the “Thirteenth Annual Honor Night” at LiGreci’s Staaten, beginning at 7 p.m. The cost of the event is $80 per person.

This year’s winners are Dean Curry, Joan Petersen and James DeFrancesco.

The event will also see the investiture of 2022 Parade Grand Marshals Joseph Skinner and Nicholas Castoro of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Parade Chaplain Reverend Jack Soler, and Miss USIVO 2022 Lila Bruschi.

Remembrance Day Parade

Staten Island Korean School students and teachers marched in the 2021 Memorial Day Parade. (Courtesy Lee Covino)Staten Island Advance

Sponsor banners are available as an additional means of raising funds to support the running costs of the organization.

Donations will consist of a platinum sponsor, $1,000, a gold sponsor, $500; silver sponsor, $250 and bronze sponsor, $100.

Committee members include Lee Covino, a veterans advocate, Peggy Friedman, John Nappi Jr., James Hynes IV, Geri Bonarigo, Jeanette Mataria, Anthony Navarino and Jim Haynes III.

Make checks payable to USIVO and mail to Jim Haynes, 198 Justin Ave., Staten Island, NY 10306. Reservation deadline is April 21. For more information or questions, call Haynes at 718-987-1609.

All donations are tax deductible.

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