2003-04-12 / Community

Hundreds Attend ‘Support Our Troops’ Rally

Hundreds Attend ‘Support Our Troops’ Rally


Maureen Sammon, the woman who donated the flag to be signed.Maureen Sammon, the woman who donated the flag to be signed.

More than 250 cold but dedicated supporters of American troops who are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan showed up at Beach 116 Street and the boardwalk last Saturday afternoon for a rally to show their support. Many of those who came had pictures of loved ones who are fighiting in the war against terrorism. Others were veterans of other American wars and residents who simply wanted to show that they care for our fighting men and women.


Rockaway resident Riva rolled in on her “Rolls Royce” scooter.Rockaway resident Riva rolled in on her “Rolls Royce” scooter.Mary Martinez proudly holds a U.S. Coast Guard flag, and a picture frame with a photo of her son Anthony (bottom right), serving aboard the Escabana out of Boston Mass. Also pictured in her frame (top), are two of her “adopted” sons, who Anthony went to boot camp with.Mary Martinez proudly holds a U.S. Coast Guard flag, and a picture frame with a photo of her son Anthony (bottom right), serving aboard the Escabana out of Boston Mass. Also pictured in her frame (top), are two of her “adopted” sons, who Anthony went to boot camp with.

The U.S. Coastguard’s 270-foot cutter Campbell, out of New Bedford, Mass., patrolling the waters off of Rock­away’s southern shores, near Belle Harbor.The U.S. Coastguard’s 270-foot cutter Campbell, out of New Bedford, Mass., patrolling the waters off of Rock­away’s southern shores, near Belle Harbor.100 Precinct Community Affairs Officer Peter Rahan­iotis (left) joins with Hector Tello and Chamber of Com­merce official Liz Sulik.100 Precinct Community Affairs Officer Peter Rahan­iotis (left) joins with Hector Tello and Chamber of Com­merce official Liz Sulik.

Children from the O’Connor and Gallagher families sang “God Bless America,” and waived yellow balloons.Children from the O’Connor and Gallagher families sang “God Bless America,” and waived yellow balloons.Local young adults show how they feel about our troops and about Stephen Wohl.Local young adults show how they feel about our troops and about Stephen Wohl.

Firefighters from Ladder 137 joined local residents at the rally.Firefighters from Ladder 137 joined local residents at the rally.City Councilman Joe Addabbo joins local resident Tom Lynch at the rally.City Councilman Joe Addabbo joins local resident Tom Lynch at the rally.

Flip Mullen shares his opinion of Stephen Wohl with everyone.Flip Mullen shares his opinion of Stephen Wohl with everyone.Flip Mullen (left), Kevin Murphy and John Howley show their support.Flip Mullen (left), Kevin Murphy and John Howley show their support.

100 Precinct Council President Jate Doremus (left), Addabbo and Congressman Anthony Weiner.100 Precinct Council President Jate Doremus (left), Addabbo and Congressman Anthony Weiner.Many Breezy Point residents took part in the rally including the GaNun family and the Greenberg family.Many Breezy Point residents took part in the rally including the GaNun family and the Greenberg family.

Arleen McCambridge from Broad Channel (left) and her daughter, Christine. Christine’s boyfriend, Sgt. Calvin Lawrence (picture) is in Iraq.Arleen McCambridge from Broad Channel (left) and her daughter, Christine. Christine’s boyfriend, Sgt. Calvin Lawrence (picture) is in Iraq.

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