Archive for August 25th, 2008

This weekend a ride that will live in legend took place. The New York based Fire Family Transport Foundation held a motorcycle ride to escort a cross of 911 steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center to the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department who responded to the crash of Flight 93 on that day of infamy. Hundreds of motorcycles gathered at the old Floyd Bennet Airfield in Brooklyn and formed up for the morning launch of their escort duty. At 7am they rode out onto the Belt Parkway and started their long pilgrimage to another place where heroes died that day.

My brother, a member of the Fire Riders, and his friend made that trek and remarked that he never saw anything like the turnout along the way. Every bridge over the Belt Parkway had fire rigs and spectators crowding to catch a glimpse of the cross and to watch the long rumbling stream of bikes as they passed beneath.

When they reached the long sweeping shore of Gravesend Bay leading to the Verrazano Bridge the venerable FDNY Fireboat Firefighter stood to about 1,000 feet offshore with all its water cannons blasting streams of red, white and blue water high into the air. Continue Reading »

Smith Haven Mall
Troop Support Rally

What: Troop Support Rally
Where: Smith Haven Mall, Middle Country Rd (Rte 25) & Moriches Rd, Lake Grove, NY
When: Saturday, September 27, 2008, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

All summer we have held Troop Support Rallies at shopping malls across Long Island in opposition to the anti-military, anti-American groups like Code Pink, VVAW, IVAW, United for Peace and Justice, North Shore People of Conscience and Pax Christi.

Saturday, September 27, marks the last in the series as we return once again to Smith Haven Mall where it all began in April. These actions have been a resounding success as we have rallied popular support for our troops, helped to prevent the use of the images and names of our fallen heroes in crass political ways and modified most moonbat behavior to the extent that they now are embarrassed enough to display at least one American flag at each outing. Continue Reading »

New Island Hospital in Bethpage is adding a new Lt. Michael P. Murphy Emergency Department to their expanding facility.  They currently deliver emergency service care to approximately 40,000 patients a year.

This event will help raise funds for emergency equipment and supplies for that department.  Lt. Murphy’s parents, Daniel and Maureen Murphy as well as U.S. Congressman Peter King are the Honorary Co-Chairpersons of this race.

Who: New Island Hospital
What: Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy 5k Run/Walk Benefit  (Rain or Shine)
Where: Bethpage State Park Polo Grounds
When: Sunday, September 21, 2008.  Registraion begins at 7:30am.  Run begins at 9am sharp.
Donation: $20/Runner.  Parking fee of $6/vehicle

Registration form and information brochure are available (PDF File) at:

3.1 mile Cross Country Course.
Complimentary Gift Bags, Raffles, Cash Prizes to top finishers in various age brackets.
Sponsorship Opportunities are available.