Friday, November 10, 2017
Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast for Toys for Tots-- Part 1
This past Saturday, Nov. 4, the Fox Lake American Legion was the site of the 34th annual Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast for Toys for Tots. The Marine Corps runs the Toys for Tots.
It cost $7 for breakfast consisting of really black and strong coffee, SOS and scrambled eggs. You either made a donation or brought along a toy.
I sat with Ben Floyd, one of the original thirteen Marines who met on Saturday, November 10, 1983 at Hoff's Kitchen in Grayslake, Illinois, as a way to get together with other Marines, talk over old times, help Toys for Tots and enjoy the camaraderie. This annual tradition continues on to today.
Seventy-five years ago, Nov. 4, Marines took the airfield on the island of Guadalcanal and though fighting would continue for another three months, this was a big turning point in the hard-fought battle.