IT’S FLEET WEEK

It’s Fleet Week and the city is awash in dress whites!  Find out about the must-do events and attractions.

Aired on May 24, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

♪ NEW YORK, NEW YORK, A WONDERFUL TOWN, BRONX IS UP ♪ BATTERY IS DOWN.

> IT IS A WONDERFUL TOWN, HIGH TECH WAR SHIPS ARE CRUISING INTO THE HARBOR, THOUSANDS OF SAILORS ENGAGING IN ADVENTURE ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY, NOT INVASION BUT ONE OF THE CITY'S FAVORITE EVENTS, FLEET WEEK.

JOINING US IS COMMISSIONER OF VETERAN AFFAIRS IN NEW YORK CITY, RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL LAURIE SUTTON.

GLAD TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

ICONIC SHOT OF THOSE GUY IN TOWN, IN MANHATTAN.

BUT MIGHT BE FOLKS NOT SURE WHAT FLEET WEEK IS.

WHAT IS IT?

A LONGSTANDING TRADITION IN NEW YORK CITY AND AROUND THE COUNTRY.

ONE WEEK EVERY YEAR WE HAVE OVER 2,000 SAILORS, MARINES, COASTIES, WHO COME TO NEW YORK.

THIS YEAR 14 SHIPS AT SIX PORTS, THERE'S A NAVY DIVE TANK AT TIMES SQUARE.

COAST GUARD SILENT DRILL TEAM.

TOURS OF THE SHIPS, THINGS FOR FAMILIES.

IT'S A WAY FOR NEW YORKERS TO EXPERIENCE THEIR MARITIME TRIPS.

WE LOVE OUR SAILORS, COASTIES AND MARINES.

WAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY DO.

CAN TALK TO OUR TROOPS, BUY THEM A BEER, GO TO A SHOW.

WE'RE SO EXCITED.

AND WIDE-EYED SAILORS, MARINES AND COASTIES --

INTERESTING THAT YOU SAY THAT, WALKING AROUND THIS WEEK HISTORICALLY, I'M INTERESTED IN SEEING THE REACTION OF THE NEW YORKERS, VERY EMBRACING.

NEW YORKERS, WE LOVE --

AND I REMEMBER MY FATHER-IN-LAW, HE WAS VETERAN OF D-DAY, LANDED IN THIRD WAVE ON OMAHA BEACH, SEVERELY WOUNDED ABOUT TEN DAYS INTO THE BATTLE.

LOST PART OF HIS HAND, ARM, BUT HE LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MILITARY, INTERESTED IN THE GREATEST GENERATION, DIDN'T TALK ABOUT IT BUT LOVED IT.

WHEN FLEET WEEK WOULD SHOW UP, HE WAS SO EXCITED.

AND HE WAS IN THE ARMY, ONE OF YOU.

BUT HE JUST LOVED SEEING IT.

AND IT'S INTERESTING HOW IT'S EVOLVED FROM LIBERTY STOP TO AN ENTIRE EVENT.

TALK ABOUT -- STARTED TO TOUCH BASE ON IT.

TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT TAKE PLACE WHEN EVERYBODY'S IN TOWN FOR THIS.

LISTEN, FIRST OF ALL, JUST DIRECT FOLKS TO THE FLEET WEEK NEW YORK WEBSITE.

HAS THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE.

THERE ARE DOZENS OF EVENTS.

THINGS FOR FAMILIES.

TO WATCH KIDS AND FAMILIES GO THROUGH THE TOURS, SIX DIFFERENT PORTS.

NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE --

GET ON SOME OF THE SHIPS.

GET ON THE SHIPS AND TALK TO SAILORS, MARINES AND COASTIES AND LEARN WHAT THEY DO TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS AND WAY OF LIFE.

FROM THE DIVE TANK IN TIMES SQUARE AND SILENT TRILL TEAM, WILL BRING A SENSE OF REVERENCE AND PRIDE TO THE HEART OF EVERY NEW YORKER.

IT STOPS EVERYBODY IMMEDIATELY.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE?

SOMETHING YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING?

TOUR YOU WANT TO DO, EXHIBIT YOU'RE INVOLVED IN?

I LOVE THE BAND CONCERTS.

OH, LOOK FOR THE BAND CONCERTS.

WILL BE IN EVERY BOROUGH, DON'T WANT TO MISS THEM.

OR THE PARADE OF SHIPS.

IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN ON A SHIP GET OUT FOR A TOUR, DIVE TANK, SILENT DRILL TEAM.

EVEN IF YOU'RE OUT OF TOWN THIS WEEK AND MISS IT, DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR, GO TO THE INTREPID ANY DAY OF THE YEAR.

WONDERFUL SPOT.

NATIONAL TREASURE.

SHOT A STORY ON ONE OF THE BRAND NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, IT WAS A FLOATING CITY.

AND GETTING ON THE INTREPID AS YOU SAID, SUCH A WONDERFUL SPOT TO VISIT HERE IN NEW YORK, GET A SENSE OF WHAT LIFE WAS AND IS LIKE.

AND THERE ARE STILL CREW MEMBERS WHO SERVED ON THE INTREPID.

STILL ALIVE WITH US.

TOUCHING TO LISTEN TO THEIR STORIES AND RECOGNIZE WHEN THE INTREPID WAS OUT AMONG THE FLEET AND DOING ITS DUTY, AVERAGE AGE OF THE SAILORS ON THE DECK WAS 18, 19 YEARS OLD.

YOU REALIZE HOW YOUNG THEY ARE.

JUST AMAZING, POETRY IN MOTION.

IT'S ALWAYS A DELIGHT TO CHAT WITH YOU.

ALWAYS.

I'M SURE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY I'M GOING.

IF NOTHING ELSE, GOING TO THE DIVE TANK AND SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

AS THEY SAY IN THE NAVY, BRAVO ZOO, BRAVO ZULU.

FOR ARMY PERSON TO SAY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE NAVY.

LAST THING ANY OF MY ARMY FRIENDS SAY IS BEAT NAVY.

THAT'S ANOTHER CONVERSATION.

I'LL LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

THANK YOU.

FREE INFORMATION ON FLEET WEEK 2018 AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND EXHIBITS, GO TO THE WEBSITE OR VISIT US OT METROFOCUS.ORG.

YOU'LL HAVE A GREAT TIME.

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