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Ronkonkoma community celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage

Local groups gather for special parade, rally to celebrate women's suffrage

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With the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote, the community was invited to join local elected officials and historical groups in the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Association's parade to mark the occasion.

The event kicked off on Sunday with a parade filled with women and men, of all ages, beginning at Carlson Road and Hawkins Avenue.

Participants marched to the American Legion Post 155 for a rally at Lillian Devere Park, named after a Lake Ronkonkoma suffragette.

Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association President Ellyn Okvist says they've been planning this anniversary event for the last five years.

"A hundred years ago, women were given the vote in New York State, three years before the 19th amendment was ratified,” Okvist said. “We have three more years to celebrate, and then we can celebrate the 19th amendment."

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