Blue Angels Memorial Day Air Show at Jones Beach, NY attracts 444,000 spectators
The Huntington Detachment #792 of the Marine Corps League set up a recruiting booth for Marine veterans at Jones Beach and handed out Marine Roses to the spectators. Suddenly dozens of Code Pink anti-war protectors descended upon us shouting obscenities and anti-military slogans as they read off names of deceased Marines and soldiers KIA in the war on terror. Spotting me in uniform they attempted to tie me up with a pink rope. A small group of Marine bikers calling themselves the Gathering of Eagles came to my rescue as did the SWAT team of the New York State Park Police, armed with M-16 assault rifles, and they prevented any contact between the opposing groups. This same group attempts to disrupt military funerals but the Gathering of Eagles is always there to prevent this disgrace from happening. Whatever happened to the true meaning of Memorial Day?
Bill Ober, Commandant
Huntington Detachment #792
Marine Corps League
Shown in photo is Sr. Vice Commandant Art McCormick distributing the Marine Roses.