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.
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.
Semper Fi. MARINES! HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
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,