Independence Day came early in Fort Hamilton.
Brooklyn’s Army base threw America an early birthday bash with food, fireworks, and a Motown revue on July 3. The sky candy was a treat, but performances by soul pioneers The Supremes and The Temptations took the cake, one spectator said.
“It was a blast from the past with the Temptations and Supremes,” said Maria Liza Camitan-Herschtein, who came from New Jersey for the show. “I’ve never had that particular experience before. I used to just watch them on TV.”
And the bluff overlooking the Narrows was the ideal place to peer at pyrotechnics once the sun set, another party-goer said.
“It was the perfect spot to watch the fireworks,” said Donna Mangone of Long Island. “We’ve seen displays before, but this was the best because you’re really close.”
There was also food and beer for soldiers and their families, but the celebration maintained the composure one would expect at an Army installation, Mangone said.
“It was like a real family event,” she said. “People weren’t sitting there getting sloshed.”
And the show brought people together — even if they weren’t in the same time zone.
“I was face-timing my husband, who is still stationed in California, so he wouldn’t miss the show,” Camitan-Herschtein said, referring popular video call app.
The Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation division sponsored the show.
©2015 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynDaily.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynDaily.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.