SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- The Oakland Navy League, with help from the San Francisco Police Department and the Oakland Athletics hosted a pierside barbecue for the Sailors and Marines of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91) Oct. 12.
The eighth annual event, held each year during Fleet Week, provided Sailors and Marines of Bonhomme Richard the chance to relax and enjoy a hearty meal before setting off on liberty.
According to Joe Lozano, president of the Oakland Navy League Council, the event is their way of showing appreciation to the men and women serving in today's military.
"I think it is important for us to show our support to these men and women who are giving the people of the United States our safety and our security," said Lozano. "I want them to feel at home. This is our little way of saying thank you for what they do for us.
Aside from the free food, Sailors and Marines were also given Oakland A's memorabilia.
"This entire event from the time they come through the entry gate is free," said Lozano "They don't have to spend a dime. In eight years we have not had one problem. It's been great."
Cryptologic Technician Collections 2nd Class Adam Crismond said this event was one he will never forget.
"I definitely enjoyed this event," said Crismond. "I enjoyed the fact that the city of San Francisco and its people would embrace the Navy and provide us with some great raffle opportunities and free food. It was a great experience."
Bonhomme Richard and Pinckney are in San Francisco for Fleet Week 2008. More than 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are taking part in the celebration of the sea services, which is an opportunity to showcase military personnel, equipment, technology and capabilities.
For more news from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), visit www.navy.mil/local/lhd6/.