Memorial Day services returned to Hell’s Kitchen at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum as the first in-person commemoration in three years wrapped up Fleet Week in New York on Monday.
Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams, along with a group of military commanders attended the event on the flight deck of Intrepid at Pier 96 in Hell’s Kitchen.
Both the governor and the mayor stressed the importance of unified leadership in New York in their remarks. The Governor wished to congratulate the Mayor in counterpoint to the sadly frosty relationship of former Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.
“Some people noticed that they didn’t see a Governor and a Mayor on the same stage for this event. We are here to make history through collaboration. Because when you join the military, you put aside your ego, you put aside your political conviction and you become a powerful target to protect your beloved homeland,” she said.
Governor Hochul, who previously served in the armed forces, further addressed the fight not only against the international but domestic terrorism – “We’re ready to fight – it’s in our DNA as New Yorkers,” she said. said. “We always embrace a good fight if it’s for a good cause – and protecting freedom, the very foundation of our country, is that worthy fight. ”
The governor then praised the armed forces for their sacrifices and also pointed to a greater need for veteran support resources in New York. “We will always embrace those who have served and those with special needs upon their return, especially those suffering from PTSD. We’re here to help you heal, we’re here to help you get those jobs, we’re here to help you with education supporting housing,” she said. said.
The mayor praised the United States armed forces for protecting the American dream, saying“There is something special about this country. It is the only country in the world with DREAM attached to our name. There is no German dream, but damn it, there is an American dream. This is where dreams are made and built and we must always protect this dream with the men and women who defend this soil.
Intrepid Museum President Susan Marenoff-Zausner and military commanders in attendance honored the dead with four wreaths placed in the Hudson – one for those lost in the current conflict, one for all conflicts across the story, one for those lost in the Intrepidand one for lost service members of allied nations.
Marenoff-Zausener also paid tribute to the surviving former crew members of the Intrepid during the ceremony and noted the ship’s significant impact in combat, where 250 crew members perished during the ship’s 31 years of active service. “Intrepid at the time of his active service was outstanding – engaged in World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the space race,” she said. said. “On Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation and our freedom – and we recognize just how much we do what we do alongside this legendary aircraft carrier we call the Intrepidadded Marenoff-Zausner.
The Intrepid served as the centerpiece of Fleet Week celebrations as the city welcomed back service members to town for the first time in three years. In addition to Thursday’s Tribute to Freedom gala, which honored Academy Award-winning actor and director Denzel Washington with a lifetime achievement award, the museum hosted a series of weekend-long interactive exhibits. end and appearances of surviving crew members of the Intrepid and U.S. Marines, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, Claymore Vets, American Red Cross and LEGOLAND, culminating with Monday’s memorial ceremony and a Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration.
Admiral Daryl Caudle, Commander of United States Fleet Forces Command, summed up the importance of the ceremony location in his remarks: “For those who are limited by cameras, we are seated between a set of 150,000 tons of US Navy equipment. We have the Intrepidthe Baatan – what an amazing backdrop. Whole Intrepid the museum team – thank you for your tireless efforts to honor our nation’s heroes and inspire generations of Americans.