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May 26, 2005
MAYOR BLOOMBERG WELCOMES NAVY AND MARINES TO NEW YORK'S 18TH ANNUAL FLEET WEEK CELEBRATION
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today welcomed members of the US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard, along with members of the Pakistan Navy to New York City's 18th Annual Fleet Week Celebration in a ceremony at Surrogate's Court in Lower Manhattan. Fleet Week is hosted by the City of New York and the Intrepid Foundation and runs from May 25th until June 1st. As a part of the City's official welcome ceremony of the military, Mayor Bloomberg was presented with the "Patriot Award" Certificate of Appreciation from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and the Department of Defense. The program recognizes employers for employment policies and practices that are supportive of their employee's participation in the National Guard and Reserve. Lt. Doug Luback, an employee of the New York City Department of Sanitation, nominated Mayor Bloomberg.
During his Mayoral Welcome address to the Fleet Week 2005 participants Mayor Bloomberg spoke of the importance of honoring those who serve while remembering the 32 City residents who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"We remember those who have selflessly given their lives defending our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past four years," said Mayor Bloomberg. "That includes 32 of New York City's own. Their courage and sacrifice will always carry a special meaning for New Yorkers. On this Memorial Day weekend as we honor all those who have paid a price so that we can remain free, we will remember your sons and daughters with pride."
New York City is home to more than 11,000 members of the active duty, National Guard and Reserve and more than 310,000 veterans. Since September 11, 2001, more than 1,400 New York City employees have been called to active duty in support of US military operations around the world.
Fleet Week 2005, New York City's premier salute to the sea services, brings thousands of sailors, Marines and members of the Coast Guard to the 5 boroughs. This year's Fleet Week features the aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, as well as International ships from Pakistan, the United Kingdom, France and Canada.
While in New York City, the visiting members of the Armed Forces will participate in Memorial Day parades throughout all 5 boroughs, volunteer with local community outreach organizations and experience the city's sites, sounds and hospitality.
Participating ships will be moored at Manhattan's Pier 88 and Staten Island's Stapleton Pier. For more information please visit www.nyc.gov or visit the Navy's Fleet Week Web site at www.fleetweek.navy.mil.
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