New York City politicians — including Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul — have joined forces with military officials for the first time since 2019 to commemorate Memorial Day at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Monday.
During the annual ceremony, which has been canceled in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams showered praise on the US military and thanked the armed forces for protecting the American Dream.
“This country has something special. It’s the only country in the world that has the name ‘dream’ appended to it,” he told the crowd gathered at the former aircraft carrier in lower Manhattan.
“There’s no German dream … but damn it, there’s an American dream,” Adams said. “This is where dreams are made and built and we must always protect that dream with the men and women who defend this ground.”
Hundreds of veterans and active duty military personnel attended the hour-long morning event at Pier 86 on the Hudson River, which also included an airplane flyover.
“I’ve seen other military men, and I realize every morning there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in the United States of America,” Adams told them before thanking the men and women of the armed forces.
In her address, Hochul recalled a lesson she learned on a trip to Afghanistan she made as a congresswoman, saying she asked New Yorkers there what their biggest fear was and expected them to Taliban would say.
Instead, “their biggest fear was going back to New York and not having a job and becoming homeless, as too many have done during this conflict,” said Hochul, who represented parts of western New York in Congress from 2011 to 2013 and A member of the Congress was the Home Guard Committee.
“We will always hug those who have served and those who have special needs as they come back, especially those with PTSD,” the governor continued. “We’re here to help you heal, we’re here to help you get those jobs, we’re here to help with education that supports housing.”
She added, “It’s our responsibility as Americans and New Yorkers to help put this back together. That is our commitment on this Memorial Day 2022.”
Opening the ceremony, Vice Admiral Guy Robinson, NATO Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff, said: “Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us … to pay tribute to those who have died in the service of your nation and our alliances, and to acknowledge the immense debt we bear.” owe them, their families and those they left behind.”
He added: “I pay homage to all the men and women of our nation’s partners and friends who have contributed to our peace, especially those who have shed their blood, risked their health and their lives for our freedom and the safety of each and every one us.”
After a series of speeches, elected officials, city officials, military leaders and business leaders threw four wreaths into the Hudson – one for US military lost in current conflicts, one for those lost in previous wars, one for US allies and one for former ones Crew members of the USS Intrepid.
The ceremony came after the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard returned to the city for Fleet Week for the first time in two years, after that annual event was also scrapped due to the pandemic.
Admiral Daryl Caudle, commander of the United States Fleet Forces Command, thanked Adams and Hochul for their “extraordinary hospitality” and for “graciously sharing this wonderful city with the men and women who wear our nation’s cloth.”
“Because of people like you and cities like this, our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force and Coast Guard are the most formidable integrated combat teams the world has ever seen,” he said.
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