IT’S FLEET WEEK

May 25, 2018 at 4:45 am

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.

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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.