On Tuesday, October 13, the U.S. Navy announced that the USS New York (LPD 21) will be coming to New York City to join in this year’s America’s Parade and related events throughout Veterans Week 2015.
The announcement came during the morning news on PIX11, this year’s Parade broadcaster, as part of celebrations marking the U.S. Navy’s 240th Birthday.
More than 400 U.S. Navy Sailors will participate in Veterans Week NYC 2015 from Nov. 8 -13 in New York City to honor the service and sacrifice of all American veterans. Sailors from local commands in Manhattan, the Bronx, Long Island and New Jersey will be joined by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Rear Adm. Cynthia Thebaud, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, and the Captain and crew of amphibious assault ship, USS New York (LPD 21), who recently returned from deployment in the Middle East.
USS New York (LPD 21) is scheduled to visit New York City to celebrate Veteran’s Day events. The ship contains 7.5 tons of steel reclaimed from the World Trade Center after the attacks on 9/11. This marks the ship’s second visit to NYC since it’s commissioning on Nov 7, 2009. USS New York has a crew of 360 men and women and can carry up to 700 Marines and equipment.
Veterans Week NYC 2015 and America’s Parade are presented by the United War Veterans Council to honor the sacrifices and service of all veterans. America’s Parade is the largest Veterans Day event in the NYC and has been held every year since 1919.
“It is important for us to remember the sacrifices of our veterans, not only on Veterans Day, but throughout the year. Their contribution to the birth, growth and future of this nation should be recognized and appreciated by all,” said Mabus. “Sailors and Marines have defended America’s interests around the world for 240 years and the men and women of today’s Navy and Marine Corps team continue to carry on the legacy forged by the sacrifices of past and present veterans, who have stood the watch since our country’s founding.”
“I look forward to visiting New York City to take part in this great city’s Veterans Day observances as we pause to reflect on the sacrifices and contributions our veterans have made to this country,” said Mabus, “and to thank the countless communities, organizations, and large and small businesses around the country, that provide unwavering support to those serving and those who have served.”
For more information about the Navy’s participation in Veterans Week NYC 2015, contact the Navy Office of Information East at email@example.com. (212) 784-0130.