Each year NYC theater company Waterwell hosts an event for Memorial Day called Fleet Week Follies as a way to bring together the military and civilian community for a day of celebration and entertainment.. Unfortunately they are unable to host the event this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead they will be hosting a virtual event. See below for details.
A SERIES OF INFORMAL CONVERSATIONS TO BRING TOGETHER MILITARY + CIVILIAN COMMUNITIES DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
On Saturday, May 23, Waterwell will launch this series of informal 45-minute conversations via video chat. Each 'room' will have 8-9 participants, about half of whom have a military affiliation and half of whom are civilians and/or essential workers. With 2 co-facilitators to host the room - one from NYC's arts and entertainment world and one from the military - we will hope to create a fertile space for everyone in the room to participate, express themselves, and share some experiences about life during COVID.
These Conversations will happen on Saturday, May 23 at 1:00p, 2:30p + 4:00p, Eastern Time
Are you interested? Fill out the sign-up form, here
*Please Note: Space for this project is limited. Signing up does not automatically guarantee you a spot, though we are looking forward to accommodating as many people as we can. Look for an email with more information and if you are confirmed to participate.
To find out about other Fleet Week Follies activities, follow Waterwell on social media: Facebook, Instagram + Twitter.
Or visit our website: waterwell.org/fleetweekfollies/
Veterans of New York hosted our second virtual roll call on Wednesday, April 21st. We had a diverse group of Veterans on the call from the various branches and time periods. The virtual roll call included leaders from various Veterans organizations such as Marines of New York, Tennis Serving Vets, We Belong Network, American Legion, Mission Continues, and Team Red, White & Blue. Veterans of New York is planning to another another virtual roll call in a few weeks. If you would like to attend please email us at Veteransofnewyork@gmail.com
Veterans of New York hosted a meetup in New York City on Saturday, December 14th to watch the Army Vs. Navy football game. Everyone had a great time getting together to watch the game. Navy won the game 31-7 to bring their record to 10-2 on the season. Army is having a difficult year as their record fell to 5-8. The event was held at Overlook NYC, which is a Veteran-owned establishment on E. 44th Street in midtown Manhattan. Stay tuned for future events!
Veterans of New York Founder Colin R. O'Leary was the keynote speaker at St. John's University in NYC for the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Dinner back on November 7th. The fundraising dinner is hosted annually by the Kappa Sigma fraternity at St. John's University. The fraternity hosts the event annually as a way to raise money for Veterans charities and non-profits.
O'Leary spoke to a crowd of about 200 at the event, which included students, faculty, staff, Veterans, and active duty military. His speech honored Veterans for their service and he also shared some professional advice that he developed in the military and civilian world.
The event included dinner, raffles for gift baskets, and a 50/50 raffel. It was a big success overall. Thousands of dollars were raised at the event to support Veterans organizations through Kappa Sigma's on-going Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign. You can watch the speech below on Youtube.
The NYC Veterans Day Parade was held on Monday, November 11th, 2019. It was the 100th year anniversary, or the centennial, for the parade in New York City. The weather was perfect and it was a great turnout. Checkout some photos from the parade below, which were shared by Veterans and supporters. Please feel free to email us your photos at VeteransofNewYork@gmail.com if you would like your photos to be included in this post!
President Trump will help kick off the 100-year anniversary of the NYC Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11th, according to the New York Post. The President will give his remarks at the opening ceremony, and then lay a wreath at the Eternal Light Memorial at Madison Square Park. The NYC Veterans Day Parade is the largest Veterans Day parade in the country.
The parade is hosted annually by a non-profit called the United War Veterans Council. Each year the parade takes a massive amount of planning and cooperation between state, local, and national officials. The NYC Veterans Day Parade features Veterans groups, non-profits, military units, youth and civic groups, top high school bands from across America, vintage military vehicles, floats and more.
The New York Post reports that President Trump, a New York native, has helped raise and donate large sums of money to the NYC Veterans Day Parade organizers over the years. Back in 1985, President Trump made a $1 million donation to help create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is located in Lower Manhattan at 55 Water Street.
This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the NYC Veterans Day Parade, which first began back in 1919. Veterans Day was originally known as "Armistice Day." The day was first created to honor surviving Veterans of World War I. The name was eventually changed to "Veterans Day" in the 1950's, after the conflicts of World War II & the Korean War created a whole new generation of Veterans.
Texas Roadhouse is inviting all Veterans and active-duty service members for lunch this Veterans Day. Every Texas Roadhouse location across the entire country is participating as a way to honor our Veterans. If you are a Veteran or active-duty you can eat for free on Monday, November 11th from 11:00am to 4:00pm. There are multiple Texas Roadhouse locations across the New York metro area and also in Upstate New York. Proof of service is required to attend.
Find the nearest location here: https://www.texasroadhouse.com/locations/us-locations