Archive for April 13th, 2008

Vets for Freedom arrived in New York City early in the morning of April 9th to conduct some media interviews and visit a school in the Bronx. We were asked to keep the visit low key and so just a few of us came out to welcome these heroes to the Big Apple.

We hope that next trip they will allow us to stage the welcome they truly deserve in the city that never sleeps.

Pictures are here and here.

Dan Maloney

Who says patriots don’t know how to have a good time?
Not me, and I have the pictures to prove it!

4/12/08 – Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY

The family and friends of Lt. Ronald Winchester, USMC, staged the 3rd annual Walk of Honor in Rockville Centre today. Hundreds of friends of Lt. Winchester and our troops staged a four stop marathon of good times to raise funds for the 1st Marine Division Scholarship Fund and the Wounded Warriors Project. Lt. Winchester, a Rockville Centre resident was killed in Al Anbar province, Iraq, in 2004.

Starting off at 2pm at Stingers Pub, the celebrants proceeded to rotate every two hours to a new location. Raffles and 50/50 drawings were held, T-shirts sold, and much spirits imbibed, all in the name of raising funds for these charities.

Your intrepid GOE contingent provided and mounted Marine Corps and US flags at the entrances to each establishment that was visited. It was a tough job, *hic*, but somebody had to do it!

A great time was had by all as the pictures will show.

Pictures are here:
http://tinyurl.com/6zv9ma

Dan Maloney

4/12/08 Farmingville, Long Island, NY

Veterans and Patriots gathered at Bald Hill in Farmingville, Long Island this morning to honor veterans of all wars and to pledge to protect and defend the honor of our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lee Zeldin, candidate for Congress in New York’s 1st CD was a featured speaker as he described what he intended to do in Congress to assist the troops in the field with funding for equipment and necessities. He spoke of his own deployment with the 82nd Airborne and praised a blue star family for their service at home while their loved one is deployed. He spoke movingly about his own experience when he and his wife, feeling burdened with the tasks of caring for their beautiful twin daughters who were born prematurely, ran into a blue star wife at the base commissary who was caring for six children by herself while her husband was deployed. That blue star mom, as if not already buried under her own burdens, offered help to Lee and his wife! The courage and perseverance of those families and their commitment to supporting their deployed soldiers was a revelation.

Pete Hegseth, Executive Director of Vets for Freedom, having just completed his nationwide Heroes tour came to offer that group’s endorsement of Lee Zeldin for Congress. He spoke of the tremendous improvement in Iraq and the need to complete the mission. He talked about how specific neighborhoods in Baghdad have made a remarkable come back from the terrorist infested areas he patrolled with the 101st Airborne in 2005/2006. He also described the ways in which officers like Lee Zeldin had their backs and kept them in the fight.

A wounded Marine emphasized the need to keep up our support of the troops against all domestic opposition to enable them to win this war.

It was a great rally attended by veterans of all recent wars from WWII to the present.

Some pictures are here:
http://tinyurl.com/6qblq6

Dan Maloney
NY State Coordinator
Gathering of Eagles