Senator-Elect Lee Zeldin With Marines

The United States Marine Corps were recently honored in Islandia, New York for their continued efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of Americans. More than 300 members of the USMC - young and old - and government, community and civic leaders were in attendance at the ceremony. Actress and model Cathy Rankin, who has raised thousands of dollars for the troops, was on hand to sign and give away her 2011 calendar, which features shots of her inspired by legendary pin-up girls like Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable.

Awards were distributed to veterans honoring them for their distinguished service. Newly-elected New York State Senator Lee Zeldin and Suffolk County Legislator Dennis Dunne (both veterans themselves) were also recognized, as was David Zere, the founder of the American Patriot Heroes Fund. The evening's host was Joe Perri, President of Gold Coast Bank.