Freedom: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
This breakfast is to honor the legacy of an America dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – freedom.
To this end, the Fleet Week “Parade of Ships” breakfast will highlight the following themes:
America as an immigrant nation — a large percentage of whom came through New York Harbor.
At the same time, most of the combat soldiers of the WW1 era – many of whom were of immigrant origins — also exited for Europe through New York Harbor.
2018 represents the 100-year milestone of the end of World War I, and our event will include a replica of the monument that is being proposed by a Presidential Commission to be built on the National Mall in Washington D.C., along with a brief address by Colonel Gerald York, grandson of a World War I hero.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart, America’s organization supporting combat wounded heroes who have received the Purple Heart in defense of our freedoms, was founded in response to the urgent need to support World War I. Veterans at a time in our nation’s history when there was no VA.
It is entirely fitting and appropriate that this event takes place — not just in NYC — but specifically at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan directly across New York Harbor from the Statue of Liberty — the foremost symbol of America’s freedoms.
The massive Navy ships that will pass directly in front of the venues’ floor to ceiling windows will fast forward us to the America of today as the world’s guardian in service of freedom.
Distinguished leaders such as Former Secretary of the US Navy John Dalton, Douglas Greenlaw, National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Admiral John Mustin, and numerous others will add perspective and gravitas to this experience.
This event will both honor and educate — and it is our heartfelt hope that each participant will take away new inspiration and learnings that allow them to reconnect to their own family and national history and legacy relative to the building and perpetuation of this great nation.