Fleet Week “A Round for the Military” Schedule – Thursday, May 26, 2016
- 3:30 PM – Rudy’s Bar & Grill, Ninth Avenue @ West 44th Street, Hell’s Kitchen
- 4:45 PM- O’Lunney’s Pub, 145 W. 45th Street between B’way & 6th, Times Square
- 5:45 PM –Grand Central Oyster Bar, “The Saloon,” Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @JohnnySportsMan if you plan to join us on any of the legs.
By John Cirillo
Thursday, May 26-As Fleet Week gets its jump start on New York City the Thursday before Memorial Day, the tradition of buying a round for the military started spontaneous and unplanned. A simple way of saying thank you to the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard service men and women for keeping us safe, for duty to our country.
Harkening back to the early 2000’s, when our offices were housed with powerhouse boxing promoter Lou DiBella at his DiBella Entertainment headquarters on Seventh Avenue. The elevator downstairs and walk toward nearby Mustang Harry’s and Mustang Sally’s and the ritual was born. Upon sighting a few Sailors or Marines at one of the bars: “I’d like to buy you a round. We appreciate what you do.”
The smiles it brought to their faces was priceless. Meeting military of all walks of life from all over the country, priceless, too.
Last year, spontaneity ruled: Meandering back to the Cirillo World headquarters on West 37th Street at 3:02 pm – literally a door stop away – I happened upon a trio of Navy officers in white uniforms, ready for the offer.
“A round on me to say thanks for your service to our country,” said I. “Yes!” they replied in unison. Christian, Donald, Stephen and I joined Jennah, a nursing student visiting from Florida, to hoist a few at The Australian, a block away on West 38th. The very polite group of sailors were grateful. And like all of us, I am so appreciative of our military, who defend with honor. God Bless America. Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.
Today, we try a more planned effort at three locations with four of the best barkeeps in New York: Yolanda at Rudy’s Bar & Grill, Dublin Danny at O’Lunney’s Pub, and Alex D. and Marcello at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Can spontaneity be planned? We find out late this afternoon on the three jewel journey, sort of a Fleet Week Triple Crown. First round on yours truly.