Commission activities honor America's World War I Veterans during Fleet Week 2019
By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission
NEW YORK, NY — The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, will host a number of cultural activities, and commemorative events, during the U.S. Navy's upcoming Fleet Week New York, from 22-27 May 2019.
A full list of the WWI-related activities can be found at ww1cc.org/fleetweek. These events will help tell the story of the 4 million American men and women -- many from the greater New York area -- who stepped forward to serve during World War I, 100 years ago.
The activities include:
- Performances by the '369th Experience', a jazz tribute ban that honors the original 369th Infantry "Harlem Hellfighters" Regimental Band of World War I.
- Free copies of the "WWI Genealogy Research Guide", with special appearances by the author, for questions and advice, to help people connect to their WWI heritage.
- Appearances by Sawyer the Sea Dog, mascot of the U.S. Navy Museum, in Washington, DC.
- A special Time Square tribute to the Navy cruiser USS San Diego, which was sunk by an enemy sub, just off of Fire Island
- World War I exhibits by the U.S. Navy History & Heritage Command
- Displays by World War I-period Navy and Marine Corps reenactors, including the Living History Crew of the USS Olympia museum ship, in Philadelphia.
- Many other activities!
All these are free, open to the press, and open to the public.
Specific times and places are as follows:
Miller Field Youth Day, Staten Island
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: 722-734 New Dorp Ln, New York, New York 10306
World War One living history will be part of pre-Fleet Week activities with a two-hour exhibition at Miller Field in Staten Island. The U.S. WWI Centennial Commission will have exhibition space with WWI living historians presenting period displays, equipment, uniforms, and more. Learn more about New York’s role in WWI, from recruiting to training.
Fleet Week New York will have active duty U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel on hand, with aviation units, to include include military displays of aviation and personnel equipment, static displays, demonstrations. New this year will include a combined team of members from U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) will present a fast rope demonstration showing how an EOD team can be inserted into an area too dangerous for ships to navigate. The U.S. Fleet Forces "Brass Band" will perform.
All events are free and open to the public.