UPDATE: May 23, 6 a.m.: The Douglaston Little Neck Memorial Day Parade will line up at 2 p.m. along Northern Boulevard at Jayson Street. It will then continue on to 245th Street.
A U.S. Army unit that has just returned from Iraq will be the grand marshals of this year's , the march's chairman said.
This year's parade will kick off at 2 p.m. on May 28 along Northern Boulevard in Great Neck and march through Little Neck and Douglaston.
Jim Rodgers, chairman of the parade, said the 77th Sustainment Brigade, an Army Reserve unit previously stationed at Fort Totten and now located in Fort Dix, will be the parade's grand marshals.
Each year, the march - now in its 85th year - and participants to northeast Queens.
"We argue that this is the largest Memorial Day parade in the country," Rodgers said. "And I believe it to be true. It's a wonderful event to commemorate the great men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free."
The parade has already held its annual art and essay contest. The award ceremony for the contest will be held on May 25 at 7:30 p.m. in 's Father Smith Hall.
Participating students in kindergarten through ninth grade are given a theme that is tied in with the city Board of Education's curriculum.
Contest winners will receive medallions and certificates of merits. Grand prize winners will take home a trophy as well as a $500 savings bond.
An interfaith service will be held at at 10 a.m. on the day of the parade and a wreath laying ceremony will follow at the corner of Alameda Avenue and Northern Boulevard in Douglaston.
Elected officials who have been invited to march in the parade include Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city Comptroller John Liu, state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Bayside, state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, D-Bayside, and Council members Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, and Mark Weprin, D-Oakland Gardens.
The parade will also draw a number of local high school marching bands, pipes and drums outfits, civic groups and military organizations, such as Queens Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters.
Rodgers said the line of march is still being mapped out.
Check back with Patch later this month for more information on the parade and view our photo slide show of the event after it takes place.
For more information, visit the parade's website.
Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter: www.douglaston.patch.com/newsletters.