Defense Dept. to Allow Marine Band to Lead Parade After Resistance

Performance will go on as planned after Department of Defense almost prohibits the band from traveling on "non-essential" trip.

Parade goers anticipating the US Marine Corps Band to lead the 63rd Annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 will be happy to hear the performance will go on as planned despite recent resistance from the Department of Defense.

Sen. Charles Schumer's office announced Wednesday that parade coordinators the Friends of St. Patrick were recently told by the band that because of sequestration, the band was prohibited by the Department of Defense from traveling on “non-essential” trips.

However, the band is sponsored by Friends of St. Patrick as well as the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the costs for food, travel and lodging are fully paid for by these organizations. It was announced by Schumer today that because they were made aware that these costs were covered, the band will in fact travel to continue with their scheduled performance.

"The parade has a rich 63-year long tradition on Long Island that celebrates Irish American heritage and parade goers, like myself, enjoy the U.S. Marine Corps Band’s performance,” said Schumer, a regular attendee at the parade. “Since the trip was already paid for by the parade’s organizers, I am pleased that the Department of Defense heeded my call and allowed the band to continue on with its performance."

The U.S. Marine Corps Band has performed at the parade 11 times, beginning in 1991. The Friends of St. Patrick and the Rocky Point have already spent $6,500 in preparing for the band’s trip, according to Schumer's office.

"The Band is a tribute to all the men and women in all branches of service that are in harms way fighting for the freedoms we enjoy here at home. They are the most anticipated marching unit of our parade. Thank you Senator Schumer for making this possible,” said Kevin McCarrick of The Friend’s of Saint Patrick.

Joe Cognitore, Commander VFW Post 6249 Rocky Point, added, "It is a privilege and an honor to have the Marine Band head this year's St Patrick’s Day Parade. This event is one of the biggest on Long Island and what better way to instill Patriotism in our community? We as veterans stand and salute those that made this day possible."

Paul Kersey March 13, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Hah! "Non-essential trips". Doesn't that define every one taken by BO and Chucky?
Thomas Lynch March 14, 2013 at 03:36 AM
I think there is a method to this "madness" and stupidity. It seems ALL cuts are simply being targetted at whatever directly impacts the working, taxpaying public to cause as much anarchy, anger, and apathy for the current political agenda for all sides. My great grandfather, the Honorable Michael Donohoe, as well the 27 Irish American Patriots on the Irish Patriots Plaque http://www.friendlysons.com/usr/Patriot's%20Ceremony%20History.pdf (14 of whom signed the Declaration of Independence) would be as disgusted and disappointed at our current "political leaders" as I, and my fellow americans, am. NOTHING honorable about them! You have to EARN that distinction and title and the 535 in the congress, senate and white house are more worried about blame then getting their jobs done. See you all at the parade. I am volunteering my vehicle, time, and boat to promote boating safety, PFD awareness, and education so we can all enjoy boating and the water and also to celebrate Irish and all Americans as well our military past and present - no matter what our government trys to do to wreck it! Our USCG boat and military color guard cancelled on us last week suddenly as well. :-( ~ Thomas J. Lynch ~ DHS, USCG Auxiliarist, 13 years Former Board of Management Director, Historian & Heritage Life Member . The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick (founded March 17, 1771 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania - 242 years ago)
Janene Gentile March 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Semper Finto our Marines Let us raise our glasses Ito you our men & women who served us for the greater good Let us lower our eyes and cry together for all of those who have given their all Thank you for your service United States Marines Proud Marine Mom President of the ladies aux post 6249


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