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Ceremony in advance of Fleet Week New York 2019

Public Invited to Special Wreath Ceremony at Cypress Hills National Cemetery, NYC 

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

NEW YORK, NY — The upcoming Navy Fleet Week New York 2019 will come to New York beginning Thursday, May 22nd, and this year, the event will have a theme of ‘Remembering America’s World War I Veterans’.

Cypress Hills Cemetery gate 500Gate to Cypress Hills National Cemetery, in New York CityAs Fleet Week approaches, the United States World War I Centennial Commission will host a commemorative event on May 2nd at historic Cypress Hills National Cemetery. There, we will take a moment to remember some heroes, who remain New Yorkers forever.

These heroes specifically include:

  • Marine Sergeant Major Dan Daly, World War I hero and Double Recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Navy Coxswain John Cooper, Civil War hero and Double Recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Twenty-One World War I-era sailors of the French Navy, who passed away in New York during the influenza pandemic in 1918
  • Three World War I-era sailors of the Royal British Navy, who also passed away in New York during the influenza pandemic in 1918

The public is invited to attend. The Cemetery is located at 625 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Event will take place on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at 10:00am.

Ceremonial Color Guards will be provided from the Navy and Marine Corps Honor Guard in Washington DC. Music will be provided courtesy of the Navy Headquarters Ceremonial Band.

Featured guests for this commemoration will include representatives from the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, the Consulate of France, and the Consulate of the United Kingdom.

Other special guests will include members of the New York City Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs, the New York City World War I Centennial Committee, the United War Veterans Council, professional historians, and many others.

For information on the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, a Congressional Commission created in 2013 to provide public outreach on American service during WWI. www.WW1CC.org

The list of visiting ships of Fleetweek has recently been announced. For information about the upcoming FleetWeek NYC 2019, including a full schedule of events, visit http://militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork/

The Cypress Hills National Cemetery is the official military cemetery for New York City. It holds many remarkable people, including soldiers from both sides of of the American Revolution, Civil War heroes, members of World War I's legendary Harlem Hellfighters Jazz Band, and many other figures from New York City's military past. For information about Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/cypresshills.asp

Daly headstone 1000Grave of the legendary SGT MAJ Dan Daly, USMC, double Medal of Honor recipient, in the Cypress Hills National Cemetery, NYC

 IMG 4701Site in the cemetery of the graves of 18 WWI-era sailors who died of the influenza epidemic while in port in NYC.

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