June 5, 2019 By Max Murray
About 200 attendees are expected to turn out for Sunnyside’s 51st annual Flag Day Parade Saturday.
The parade, which is believed to be the only one in Queens, will start at 11 a.m. on the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 40th Street with participants marching east to Sabba Park, which is located at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 49th Street.
A patriotic ceremony honoring veterans will then held at the park, where marching bands will perform and the national anthem will be sung. There will be a rifle squad firing to remember those veterans who died while serving the nation.
The Sunnyside Drum Corps, The United 40’s Civic Association, Boy Scouts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and local leaders are expected to march. Each group will march behind its respective banner.
The event is organized each year by the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside.
Flag Day is a national holiday that has been held every June 14th since 1949 and it honors the Star-Spangled Banner. The idea was originally proposed in 1885 as a way to inspire students to honor the nation’s flag.
This year, at the conclusion of the ceremony, the Kiwanis Club will honor local groups and businesses. The club will also promote its First Friday Program which started 3 1/2 years ago.
The program is a combination of a fundraiser and social mixer. Participants meet at a designated restaurant on the first Friday of each month and make a donation to a local food pantry. The program has raised about $8,000 since it began.
In a separate event Saturday, the All Saints Episcopal Church will be holding its annual Strawberry Festival. The festival will go from 10 a.m. through to 6 p.m. and be held on 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and 43rd Avenue.
Street vendors, baked goods and strawberry-themed treats will be among the attractions.