03/29/18 1:49pm

Fellow service members, friends, family and officials gathered at the Westhampton Beach Volunteer Fire Department to remember Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs, a Riverhead native who died in a helicopter crash along the Iraq-Syria border March 15 along with six others. READ

06/23/16 6:51am
06/23/2016 6:51 AM

Calverton National Cemetery funerals

With just a few dozen people in attendance, U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. John Prince’s burial Friday at Calverton National Cemetery seemed atypical for someone killed in combat.

The small gathering of relatives and strangers was unusual for a military funeral, during which long processions often follow grieving parents or spouses into the cemetery.

But for Mr. Prince, a Queens native who died over 70 years ago during World War II, that type of service was never possible. His remains were discovered only last summer in a mass grave on Betio Island in the central Pacific, along with those of more than 30 other soldiers.

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05/30/16 3:33pm
05/30/2016 3:33 PM

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Hours after Riverhead’s Memorial Day Parade was called off due to inclement weather, hundreds of vehicles descended on the town.

Their destination: Calverton National Cemetery.

One annual tradition might have been canceled Monday, but another gave the community a place to honor the fallen anyway.  READ