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U.S. WWI Centennial Commission to Participate in Fleet Week New York 2019 Events

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

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.

Commission Fleet Week LogoThese activities 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.

They include:

- Performances by the '369th Experience', a jazz tribute ban that honors the original 369th Infantry "Harlem Hellfighters" Regimental Band of World War I.

- So people can connect to their WWI heritage, we have free copies of the "WWI Genealogy Research Guide", with special appearances by the author, for questions and advice.

- Appearances by Sawyer the Sea Dog, mascot of the U.S. Navy Museum, in Washington, DC.

- 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.

A special web page for 'all things Fleet Week' has been set up by the Commission at www.WW1CC.org/fleetweek

Specific times and places of the Commission's activities are as follows:

May 21

Miller Field Youth Day, Staten Island
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: 722-734 New Dorp Ln, New York, New York 10306

Description: 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.

May 23, 24, 25, 27

Bringing WWI History to Life - USS NEW YORK, PIER 88
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 35 Hudson River Greenway, NY, NY

Description: One of the most famous ships in the modern U.S. Navy is the USS New York (LPD-21) a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. She is making her first Fleet Week New York appearance. Come aboard and see active duty Navy and Marines as they present static displays and show off their ship.

Mixed in will be the USS Olympia Living History Crew from Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum. Come meet these living historians as they present the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps of WWI. They will be in period uniforms, with vintage equipment and items from the 1918 era. They will be able to show you what life was like in the sea service in WWI. Ask them any question about how the Navy deployed and operated from the WWI era. Don’t forget to take some photos too.

As you disembark, be sure to visit the WWI exhibit on the pier and learn how you can Find Your WWI Ancestors and how to get your FREE “WWI Genealogy Research Guide - The author will be on hand daily between 1pm and 3pm.

Thursday, May 23, Friday May 45

Bringing WWI History to Life - USS Jason Dunham, Staten Island Homeport
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 305 Front St, Staten Island, NY 10304

Description:  One of the most powerful ships in the modern U.S. Navy is the USS Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is making her first Fleet Week New York appearance in Brooklyn. Come aboard and see active duty Navy and Marines as they present static displays and show off their ship.

Mixed in will be the USS Olympia Living History Crew from Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum. Come meet these living historians as they present the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps of WWI. They will be in period uniforms, with vintage equipment and items from the 1918 era. They will be able to show you what life was like in the sea service in WWI. Ask them any question about how the Navy deployed and operated from the WWI era. Don’t forget to take some photos too.

As you disembark, be sure to visit the WWI tent on the pier and learn how you can Find Your WWI Ancestors and how to get your FREE “WWI Genealogy Research Guide.

Thursday, May 23

USS San Diego Lost at Sea Memorial Unveiling, Duffy Square
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Duffy Square, 7th Avenue & 47th Street, NY, NY 10036

Description: The only U.S. warship lost to enemy action in American waters during WWI was the USS San Diego, which struck a mine laid by a German U-boat about 10 miles from Fire Island, July 19, 1918. The ship was lost and six Sailors perished.

Join the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission as we unveil the USS San Diego Lost at Sea Memorial. The memorial will be unveiled at 2:00 p.m. in Duffy Square, the perfect spot underneath the gaze of Father Francis Duffy, the hero chaplain of the Fighting 69th Regiment.

The plaque will then be taken to Ocean Beach, Long Island, where it will be placed on the shore of the Atlantic.

Sunday, May 26

Bringing WWI History to Life - USS Hue City, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 72 Bowne Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Description:  One of the most powerful ships in the modern U.S. Navy is the USS Hué City, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser serving in the United States Navy. She is making her first Fleet Week New York appearance in Brooklyn. Come aboard and see active duty Navy and Marines as they present static displays and show off their ship.

Mixed in will be the USS Olympia Living History Crew from Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum. Come meet these living historians as they present the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps of WWI. They will be in period uniforms, with vintage equipment and items from the 1918 era. They will be able to show you what life was like in the sea service in WWI. Ask them any question about how the Navy deployed and operated from the WWI era. Don’t forget to take some photos too.

As you disembark, be sure to visit the WWI tent on the pier and learn how you can Find Your WWI Ancestors and how to get your FREE “WWI Genealogy Research Guide.

May 24

AKC Museum of the Dog - Meet Sawyer the Sea Dog
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: 101 Park Avenue, NYC

Description: Meet Sawyer The Sea Dog the mascot from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy to learn about the roles of dogs in the United States military. Sawyer is bringing his owner - Tom Frezza - the museum’s Director of Communication. Kids can take part in activities and get Sawyer coloring sheets and find out how Sawyer is a real working dog. Don’t forget to take a selfie with Sawyer, and follow along on https://www.instagram.com/sawyer_the_seadog/

Also on hand will be WWI Living Historians; men and women in uniform and character that literally bring history to life. Talk with them to learn about the role of the Navy, men, women and regular Americans during this really important time in our history.

Saturday, May 25

Side By Side Military Appreciation Events presented by Northwell Health, Rockefeller Center

Time: 12:00pm-6:00 pm
Location: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, NY, NY 10111
Description: Join the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission as we have exhibition space in the middle of the landmark Rockefeller Center. Come find out about WWI activities we are supporting, The event will include a performance by the WWI 369th Experience - a recreation of the 369th Regimental Band - who brought American Jazz to France. The day includes numerous musical performances by national recording artists, a performance by the U.S Coast Guard Silent Drill Team, active duty U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel on hand, to include military displays of equipment, static displays, and demonstrations.

Learn how you can Find Your WWI Ancestors and how to get your FREE “WWI Genealogy Research Guide - Did you know there is no WWI Memorial in Washington DC? Learn about the new National World War I Memorial now being created and how YOU can help honor the veterans of WWI.

Sunday, May 26

Fleet Week at Liberty State Park
Time: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Location: 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Description: The U.S. WWI Centennial Commission invites you to join them Sunday, May 26, Noon, at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. 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. The 369th Experience—40 musicians who perform the music of James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hell Fighters—will be giving two performances.

We will remember the July 1916 Black Tom explosion, and we will be in the exact spot where the sabotage took place.

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. Fleet Week activities in the park include Navy and Marine helicopter landings, Navy Band performances, drill team performances, static displays, kids activities.

Learn how you can Find Your WWI Ancestors and how to get your FREE “WWI Genealogy Research Guide - The author will be on hand daily between 1pm and 3pm Did you know there is no WWI Memorial in Washington DC? Learn about the new National World War I Memorial now being created and how YOU can help honor the veterans of WWI.

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Parade, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: 3rd Ave. & 77th St., Brooklyn, NY

Description: The U.S. WWI Centennial Commission invites you to join them Monday, May 27, to watch the annual Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It will be led by the 369th Experience—40 musicians who perform the music of James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hell Fighters—who are giving a post-parade performance.

The parade route is from 78th St. and Third Ave., along Third Ave. to Marine Ave., up to Fourth Ave. and over to John Paul Jones Park on 101st St. and Fourth Ave. for the memorial service and concert.

Event site https://www.brooklynmemorialdayparade.com/


For more information on the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, go to www.WW1CC.org

For the full list of U.S. Navy Fleet Week New York activities, go to http://militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork/

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