Memorial Day Commemoration
The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Association cordially invites everyone to attend this year’s annual Memorial Day observance at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.
Our annual ceremony at the Monument has become the city’s largest and most solemn remembrance of Memorial Day. Built in 1902, the Monument paid homage to New Yorkers who served the Union in the Civil War. More than one hundred years later we now gather in memory of all those who have served our country, and in the spirit of Memorial Day as a ritual of reflection, celebration and remembrance.
This year we commemorate the end of the Korean conflict and we remember those who served so valiantly in the “forgotten war” Our speaker, Admiral J. Robert Lunney, was decorated for his role in the Chosin campaign and the rescue of thousands of Koreans threatened with annihilation.
For each of the past five years we have been joined by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who speaks on behalf of the city and presents a wreath.
The ceremony starts off at 10:30 am with a processional led by the New York Scottish Pipes and Drums, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Veteran Corps of Artillery.
As always, the heart of the day is the presentation of memorial wreaths. Twenty civic, heritage, and veteran’s organizations, including The Navy League, American Legion, Jewish War Veterans, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Old Guard of the City of New York lay their tributes at the portal of the Monument.