By Taylor Fleming
On the sunny afternoon of Saturday June 15, 2013, hundreds gathered at the Smithtown Bay Yacht Club to celebrate, support and give thanks to veterans and current members of the military. Earlier that morning, 47 boats carrying over 100 members of the military made their way out to the bay for a fluke tournament. The event marked the Yacht Club’s fifth annual “Soldiers on the Sound”.
The event began in 2009 after the current President of Soldiers on the Sound, Mark Garry, watched news footage of war on a television at the Yacht Club and became overwhelmed by the feeling that he had to do something to give those who were serving a break.