Fleet Week 2019 starts Wednesday morning as 11 American and two Canadian vessels reach New York Harbor in the annual Parade of Ships down the Hudson.
Most will dock and open for free public tours during the week. For exact times in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island, and for a host of events across the area through May 28, check out fleetweeknewyork.com.
Look for the USS New York, whose hull includes steel recovered from Ground Zero, and USS Jason Dunham, named after the New York native who threw himself on a grenade to save his fellow Marines during the Iraq War, earning the Medal of Honor.
A century after the end of the First World War, the US WWI Centennial Commission is sponsoring several Fleet Week activities, including performances by the 369th Experience jazz band, named for the Harlem Hellfighters, and Thursday’s unveiling of a plaque in Fr. Duffy Square to commemorate the USS San Diego, the only major US Navy ship sunk in the Great War. (It was just last year that evidence confirmed the San Diego was the victim of a German U-boat mine.)
And back are such favorite events as the Freedom Run through the Financial District (Thursday morning), the showcase of maritime-service capabilities at Liberty State Park in Jersey City (Sunday afternoon) and the Memorial Day ceremony at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park.
As ever, you’ll see plenty of Navy, Marine and Coast Guard visitors all over town. Take the chance to thank them for their service. Every one of these fine men and women deserves it.