Tuesday, November 12, 2013

238th Birthday of the Marine Corps.

This past Friday night,  9 Nov 2013 Distinguished MARINES in Rhode Island met at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick, RI to celebrate the birthday of America's Premier Fighting Force.  They like to think so.

Jerry did as well.  So the point isn't debatable.

Ed Malloy, Carl Weston and Steve Cileli all called me on the days leading up to the Marine Corps Dinner.   They get a little sad as it was a special time of the year for them and they always considered Jerry as their OWN.  It was a little quiet  as Jerry used to make his pit stop here before heading to the Birthday Party with his fellow Devil Dogs.  As always he is there in spirit as he was on the minds of many of his fellow MARINES.

Hard to explain yet I am sure you'll all agree that the MARINES are a special Breed.  There is no distinction between MARINES.  They are just all MARINES.   They take care of their own.

Pat Femino,

who sat with Jerry at what was to be his last Marine Corps Birthday was in attendance and cut the cake with another MARINE who is the same age.  Along with a Lance Corporal who was the youngest.
Jerry and Pat became fast friends in a short time.

I heard from Leon Femino who sent Pat's regards to the entire Sherlock Clan.  He prays everyday and keeps Jerry in his prayers.  Typical Gyrene always looking for an angle!

The Pipes and Drums Massed Bands played at Waterfire Salute to Veterans in Providence on 10 November 2013.  It was fitting that we marched the Torch Bearers down to Water Place Park and played the Military set.

We had just finished the Military set and heard someone calling my name.  It was Dolores and Steve Sherlock!  

Unfortunately we had to move out as we had to play at a fundraiser for HONOR FLIGHT in Newport,  and another fundraiser in Westport, MA.

So Happy Birthday MARINES.  The MARINES are taking the fight to the enemy as you read this.  In places you will never hear of with names you won't recognize. They are in Afghanistan, Africa and other locations.   Just know that MARINES are taking care of business and keeping America Safe.


We signed up knowing the risk. Those innocent people in New York didn't go to work thinking there was any kind of risk.
Pvt. Mike Armendariz-Clark, USMC; Afghanastan,

Sunday, November 10, 2013

RIP: Norman Lejeune

Succasunna, NJ - Normand Leo Lejeune, 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 4, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Viviane (Joyal) Lejeune for 58 years, together they resided in Succasunna, NJ for 32 years after moving from Rehoboth, MA. Born in Central Falls, RI, he was a son of the late Alfred and Yvonne (Bessette) Lejeune.
Norman Lejeune
Norman L Lejeune

Normand was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart Academy, Central Falls and then served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He worked for Unisys Corp. in Field Engineering in various management positions for 33 years until his retirement. Normand was a communicant of St. Therese Church, Succasunna, NJ, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2212. He played basketball in high school and was an avid golfer and bowler.

Besides his loving wife, Normand leaves five children, Susan Adler and her husband, Steve of Randolph, NJ, Paul Lejeune of Parsippany, NJ, Diane Deininger and her husband, Bruce of Franklin, NJ, David Lejeune and his wife, Sheri of Bristol, CT and Daniel Lejeune and his wife, Kerri, of Circle Pines, MN; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Kimberly, Jordan, Kelly, Matthew, Craig, Jacob, Emilie and Kennan; brother of Roger Lejeune of Pawtucket, RI and the late Roland Lejeune who lived in Cumberland, RI.

VISITATION will begin on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 9 a.m. at WILLIAM W. TRIPP Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Teresa Church, 358 Newport Ave., Pawtucket. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Roxbury Volunteer Fireman’s Association, 122 Main St., Succasunna, NJ 07876 or St. Therese Church, 7 Hunter St., Succasunna, NJ 07876 will be appreciated. TRIPPFUNERALHOME.com


Friday, November 8, 2013

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony

Please help us spread the word about this Veterans Day, November 11.  We will be at the Iwo Jima Memorial all day (weather permitting).  We will have some displays and memorabilia along with information.  We will have a large sign for visitors to sign which will then be given to the Veterans Hospital.  Ceremony by the Marine Corps League set to begin at 12:15 pm.

The new flag plaques have been installed.  Come toll the bell for your veterans when his name is called.

Call us if you have any questions, Gary at 860-291-9666.

Thank you to all our Veterans for our FREEDOM!