In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the Governors Island Memorials Project restored three Great War memorials that were stolen or damaged. The memorials are for Pvt. Merle Hay, one of the first three Doughboys killed in combat; Capt. Harry Kimmell, KIA and awarded two DSC; and a tree memorial to General Pershing. The memorials are located on the former Fort Jay, which the Army left in 1966. The memorials have been conserved, repaired, replaced and rededicated in ceremonies on Sept 16-17, 2017, led by the active duty U.S. Army. The ceremonies were open to the public, which took part in parades with WWI re-enactors. A Doughboy band led the procession.