‘Support Our Troops’ Rally Set For April 5
'Support Our Troops' Rally Set For April 5
By Howard Schwach
An ad-hoc group of Rockaway residents and civic groups have an-nounced that they will host a rally to show support for the troops now fighting in Iraq.
The rally, which will be held on Sat-urday, April 5 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. will take place on Beach 116 Street and the Boardwalk.
"We're hoping that hundreds of Rock-away people come out to support our men and women who are fighting for us in Iraq," said one of the organization's coordinators. "We are just a group of local people responding to what we hear in the community and what we hear is that the majority of people support the armed forces."
There have been a number of other shows of support for our armed forces in the past week.
The Rockaway Beach Civic Association (RBCA) is asking all residents to tie a yellow ribbon around a tree nearby their homes.
"To show our support, we are asking all our neighbors to fly their flags proudly and to join us in tying a yellow ribbon around all of the trees in our community, Christine James, an RBCA spokesperson said. "Our troops deserve nothing less."
Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer urges Rockaway residents to join in the support.
"We are all praying for a speedy resolution to the war in Iraq and for the safe return of all of our troops abroad," Pheffer says. "It would be wonderful for every tree in Rockaway to be tied with yellow ribbons."
City Councilman Joe Addabbo, who was one of only 17 council members to vote against the council resolution opposing the war, told The Wave, "No matter whether you support the president or disagree with him and with the war, you should support our troops, those men and women who are putting their lives on the line for our freedom. They deserve our support."
Patrick's restaurant on Beach 112 Street and Rockaway Beach Boule-vard is offering a free buffet dinner on Saturday, March 29 at 6 p.m. to the families of those men and women in the armed forces who are in the war zone.
"We strongly support our U.S. troops and wanted to do something for their families," a Patrick's spokes-person said.