While the men and women of the United States Marine Corp (USMC) came to town and painted it red, we ended up spending our Memorial Day visiting their very own floating turf. Most of the ships participating in the annual Fleet Week event were docked in Staten Island but the star attraction of them all was in Manhattan's Pier 88: the USS Iwo Jima. I know I've been on this ship last year but it was calling my name back to its cavernous belly. With two friends in tow, we stood in line on a really warm day to get another peek at what this branch of the United States armed forces does in times of war and peace. Ship ahoy!
a Dad inspects an AV-8B Harrier jet engine with son