93-Year-Old World War II Vet Serves As Grand Marshal

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday was a day of salutes and Memorial Day celebrations across the Tri-State area. At the annual parade in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a 93-year-old hero was the star of the show, CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported, Gerry Cardinal, a World War II veteran, served as the parade’s grand marshal — and the heart of the parade.

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“It’s getting bigger and bigger every year, and I’m so happy for that because people do remember,” Cardinal said.

The parade honored those who have served in the armed forces — and those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.

“We want everyone to remember all the men, and we have to let everyone know that,” said Greenpoint resident Jeanette Mocko.

Students with the P.S. 257 marching band said they honored service members as they performed Sunday.

“We celebrate for the veterans who fight for us,” one student said.

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“We are honoring all of the people that died in the wars,” another said.

For many of the visiting service members in town for Fleet Week, this is their first time in the New York City, and they’re relishing every moment.

“I’m definitely coming back,” said Ricard Moeller, a sailor on the USS Cole. “This is the greatest city in the world.”

And even though the Greenpoint parade is considered to be small compared to others, the participants said they felt the presence of every person there.

“It’s a very humbling experience,” said Marine Tracey Thomas. “Just to be out in the community and to feel appreciated.”

“You have to try and hold it back, but it’s a lot of pride to be able to wear this uniform and to be able to serve,” Moeller said.

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