L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, May 2018 - #5
Commandant's Corner

Well, May is finally here and hopefully we are in for some good weather. With all the snow and bad weatherwe had in March along with the rain and snow we had in April, hopefully the flowers will bloom in May. Hey, it's the northeast and it's the end of winter.

As we get ready to enjoy the Spring season and summer months ahead, there should be a few events that will need our Detachments participation from our Members. There is also the Flag Placement at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery on Friday the 26th. You can meet at the American Legion at 0800 and car pool to the Gates of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial Day is Monday the 28thand the annual Whippany/Hanover Township Memorial Day Parade that is jointly run by the American Legion, VFW and of course the Marine Corps League. Breakfast is being served at the Hanover Town Recreation Center starting at 0700-0815. Allof the pertinent information about this weekend in on page two of the Newsletter.

We also will celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday May 13. Let's not forget our Mom and our Wives, as this is their Day.

Memorial Day is a day we honor and remember all those Men and Women who served in our Armed Forces and lost their lives in doing so. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and it was started to honor the dead following the Civil War.In 1971 it became a Federal Holiday. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo, NY was officially declared the birthplace by President Lyndon B Johnson in 1966, it is difficult to prove the where itwas first celebrated. The first state to recognize Memorial Day was New York and the year was 1873.

Don't forget to keep in your thoughts and prayers all those Men & Women who wear the uniform of our Military Services who are away from home in another state or some country around the globe; and don't forget those who are deployed all around the world protecting our Freedomfor those countries that cannot do it alone.

Let's continue to support our Detachment and make it even better. Look to bring in new members so we can grow. We all should be thankful for what we have and to enjoy our Family, Friends and the Camaraderie of serving our Country and Corps.

Semper Fi, Neas Out

Semper Fi

Korea Marine Ralph Bridy

(L-R) Dominick Monaco and Ralph Bridy & Mario Monaco) A Coal Miners Son, raised in Shomokin, Pennsylvania, Ralph Bridy, Joined the Marine Corp, Served his Country, and then worked at Pepsi Cola Company in Teterboro N.J. before starting Bridy Sales and Leasing in 1973.

45 years later, this family Business is still going strong.

Semper Fidelis!