The Nitowitz family, of Copiague, is no stranger to proud military service.
Michael Nitowitz, a member of Amityville’s Department of Public Works, is a former U.S. Marine who was stationed in Lebanon. His son, Robert Nitowitz, is a Marine recently returned from Afghanistan. Michael Nitowitz's wife, Carol, was proudly supporting both on the sidelines of the Amityville Fourth of July parade by wearing a Marines T-shirt.
They attend the parade together every year, she said, and this year Robert made it. He returned home from Afghanistan on June 2.
“This is a very special parade for us,” Carol Nitowitz said. “It’s the best.”
The family was throwing a barbecue after the parade to officially welcome Robert home.
The annual Amityville parade includeded classic cars, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, local marching bands and Mayor Peter Imbert and members of the Board of Trustees on horseback. The parade ended with a community barbecue at the North Amityville Fire Department on Broadway.
Village Trustee Dennis Siry, who was elected last year, participated in his first parade on horseback. As someone who used to ride horses years ago, he said he wished he could have gotten the horse to a gallop.
“This is the only reason I wanted to get elected,” he joked. “So I could ride the horse.”
Photo: Amityville Mayor Peter Imbert rides in the village Independence Day parade. (July 4, 2011)