Semper Fi, always faithful: the US Marine Corp motto was in regal form at the third annual Mess Night gala hosted by the NYC Marines. Held within the auspices of the historic New York Athletic Club, the evening was a salute to the past and an oath to the future that the Marines would always be at the ready to serve.
Marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe by recreating the infamous dinner held in honor of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and following the same established rules of the mess (rule 7: Thou shall not murder the Queens English) the gala honored General Alfred M. Gray, Jr. and Ernie Anastos.
The cocktail reception prior to the dinner was an abundance of the best. Freshly shucked oysters, lobster, clams, fine cheeses and a full top shelf bar were all in copious supply to properly prepare the guests for a night of heartfelt charity. However, the real gem of the reception may have been the fine selection of scotch whiskies that were presented by Compass Box.
In addition to the good natured assessment of donations for breaking the rules of the mess, there was an array of memorabilia, jewelry and vacation packages for the inclined to bid on in a silent auction.
True to form, the Marines hosted a gala steeped in tradition and history that will further the esteem of the host and the patrons.