From the New York Post
When it comes to American icons, it's hard to beat the Empire State Building and the United States Marine Corps.
So why are the folks who run the famous building treating the storied corps so shabbily?
That is, why are they delivering a world-class snub on the occasion of the 233rd anniversary of the corps' founding, at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia?
Marine tradition holds Nov. 10 in high esteem. The date will be noted all around the world Monday - most especially, in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It'll even be celebrated in New York, with the city's first-ever Expeditionary Birthday Ball. Scheduled to be on hand are 200 Marines from the decorated 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, now visiting New York aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan.
But when the Corps asked to have the Empire State Building's iconic tower lit in scarlet and gold to celebrate the occasion, they got a big, fat "No!"
In favor of . . . well, nothing.
The building's color scheme, of course, changes on nearly a nightly basis. So far this year, it's been lit up to celebrate the Cat Fancier's Association's annual Cat Championship; Mariah Carey's latest album, and the 58th anniversary of the European Union - just to name a few, er, momentous occasions.
But on Monday, it'll be bathed in plain ol' white.
Building officials say an anniversary as obscure as a 233rd doesn't meet their "standard" for lighting events.
Nothing against cats, or Mariah Carey, but this doesn't seem quite right.
The fact is, many of the men of the 22nd MEU are in New York for the first time in their lives. The War on Terror being what it is, it's likely that some of them won't be back.
Ever. If you catch our drift.
It's not too late for the folks at the Empire State Building to do right by the Marine Corps on its birthday.
Marines do right by America, reflexively, every day of the year.
Here's the website for these knuckleheads. http://www.esbnyc.com/tourism/tourism_facts_epa.cfm?CFID=30421353&CFTOKEN=70988520
I've already sent in my email.