March 1, 2012
Honor the Free Press at the Hilton Naples Hotel
The Marine Corps League of Naples annually honors a journalist as a way to emphasize the importance of a free press in America, something U.S. Marines have fought to preserve for more than 200 years.
The annual observance was the idea of Michael Trephan, a member and former Public Information Officer of the Marine Corps League of Naples, ET Brisson Detachment #063. Trephan is a former member of the working press and a current member of the Naples Press Club.
Trephan: “One of the most important parts of our country and who we are as a democracy, is a free press.”
The Hilton Naples Hotel is proud to host this year's Free Press Day, honoring Lt. Col. Francis J "Bing" West, Marine Combat Veteran, Author and former Asst. Director of Defense.