5th Annual Thank-A-Vet Boat Outing

Many people talk about thanking our veterans for their service but some questions still linger: What’s the right way to say “thank you” and Can more be done?

Stepping up to answer these questions is Judy Lanci of The American Legion Auxiliary-Theodore Korony Auxiliary Unit #253 and Ernie Odierna of the Harlem Yacht Club. Through organizing the 5th Annual Thank-A-Vet Boat Outing, 40 veterans had the opportunity to spend a day having fun, seeing the Bronx from the water, and meeting other veterans over breakfast and lunch.

“It gives a time out for veterans to forget their worries and be out on the water. I applaud Judy and the Harlem Yacht Club.” said Assemblyman Michael Benedetto. Before going out to the boats, Assemblyman Benedetto invited veterans to share their ideas on legislation with him.

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Boarding an impressive yacht owned and operated by Jeffrey Maron and Jessica Maron, we set off from City Island. Our captain guided us through the Eastchester Bay and down to the East River passing by Suny Maritime College. Our boat allowed us to see parts of the Bronx in another light, from Soundview to Hunts Point we continued down the East River.

The Maron

The Maroner

Jeffrey Maron found out about the event after Ernie Odierna asked if he would like participate for this year. “Anybody who serves to protect our country should be thanked in any way we can. And if I can spend half a day or a day helping a veteran than I’m always ready.” This was Mr. Maron’s first year participating in the Thank-A-Vet outing but said that he would like to do it again.

Jeffery Maron at the helm

Jeffery Maron at the helm

As we set our course back to City Island most of the group laid back, closed their eyes, and soaked in the sun. Part of the purpose of the event was to help veterans have a relaxing day and, clearly, this was being fulfilled. Over lunch conversations ranged from veterans issues to their experiences overseas. This mingling opened up an exchange of views from military members and civilians.  Not only was the day relaxing but it allowed for veterans to speak about the issues they faced along with a civilian audience.

Ernie Odierna accepting a reward from Judy Lanci. Photo c/o Theodore Korony Auxiliary Unit #253 Facebook.

Ernie Odierna accepting a reward from Judy Lanci. Photo c/o Theodore Korony Auxiliary Unit #253 Facebook.