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The Battle of Brooklyn Ruck March for Veterans & Families is a challenging 17.76-mile urban ruck march through historic sites commemorating the 243rd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. Guided by veterans serving as team leaders, participants will march in the footsteps of Continental troops who suffered heavy casualties in the fight for our newly established nation in August 1776. Exploration of historic sites will deepen participants’ understanding of the service and sacrifice of our earliest patriots and the essential contributions of military veterans to our city since the Revolution. The march will also celebrate the unique neighborhoods and communities of today’s Brooklyn.
Marchers will check in at 6:30am at John Paul Jones Park in Bay Ridge, just outside of Fort Hamilton. The event will kick off with a mandatory safety & orientation briefing at 7am. Participants will proceed in teams (staggered start times) along a planned route of 17.76 miles to historic sites, including: Red Lion Inn site in Sunset Park, Battle Hill in Green-Wood Cemetery, Old Stone House in Gowanus, Lookout Hill and Battle Pass in Prospect Park, Fort Defiance site in Red Hook, Fort Stirling site in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn War Memorial.
Lunch will be provided at a designated location (TBD), with menu choices respective of dietary restrictions. Water and restroom points will be identified along the route. Medical support will be provided by local volunteer ambulances. Marchers may choose to wear a backpack or rucksack simulating the basic load of a Continental soldier (approximately 35 pounds), but weight should be only what is comfortable/sustainable for each marcher. Marchers should carry water, snacks, sunscreen, foot powder, clean socks, and other items to stay cool, hydrated, and fueled to complete a long march at an average pace of 3 miles per hour.
The March will conclude at 5:30pm at the Brooklyn War Memorial with a solemn ceremony of remembrance. Elected officials and veteran leaders will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle of Brooklyn and subsequent wars with brief remarks and a wreath-laying ceremony that is free and open to the public.
Following the ceremony, a reception will take place in Brooklyn Heights (TBD). Admission is included in march registration; tickets for additional guests are $15. Tickets include 2 drinks and appetizers. Friends, family, and general public are welcome to attend.
Attend the Bergen County Music Festival Salute to Our Veterans on August 25, 1-7pm. Come enjoy a day of great musical act and interact with veteran service providers.
Meet us at the Brooklyn War Memorial at 5:30 PM on Sunday, August 25th for a solemn remembrance of those lost in combat and on prison ships following the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Our Battle of Brooklyn Ruck March marchers will be completing their 17.76-mile journey through historic sites in Brooklyn with this ceremony and wreath presentation, and we will honor all those who have lost their lives in defense of our nation since 1776. Speakers will include government officials and veteran leaders. Free and open to the public.
Hosted by NYC Veterans Alliance
CNN is hosting Democratic presidential candidates Governor Steve Bullock and Mayor Bill de Blasio in live, back to back, televised town halls at the CNN studios in New York City on August 25, 6-8pm.
If you would like to register to attend this event and submit questions to potentially ask the candidates, click the link below. You can submit up to 3 questions for each candidate, no more than 450 characters each.
Join us at 6 PM at Park Plaza's Sports Bar to lift a glass to the fallen and celebrate the freedoms we enjoy today--AND celebrate the completion of our 17.76-mile Battle of Brooklyn Ruck March commemorating the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn! We'll have food & drink and great people you'll want to meet!
Everyone (age 18 or older) is welcome. Admission included in ruck march registration, and non-marchers are more than welcome to join us for $15 here: http://bit.ly/2019battleofbk or $20 at the door!
Hosted by NYC Veterans Alliance
Join the East Bronx History Forum and American Legion Post 1065 for a co-naming of Newbold Avenue between Castle Hill and Havemeyer for WWII Army pilot, 2nd Lt. John N. Sekul. This Newbold Avenue resident was shot down and crash-landed behind enemy lines; he was captured, became a POW, and then executed.
The procession begins at 11:30am, and the ceremony begins at 12pm, where the location will be named 2nd Lt. John N. Sekul Place.
Attend the Veteran’s Advocacy Resource Nexus Roundtable, August 27, 9am-12pm. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss how we can better leverage our knowledge and resources to better assist the veteran community in Queens. In addition, we discuss trends and issues in the veteran community and how to best address them or leverage existing resources within our spheres of influence to do so.
Join Blue Star Families as Erica McMannes, founder of Instant Teams (www.instantteams.com) discusses The EVE Method for interviewing on August 27, 1pm (EST).
After being involved with many interviews virtually, she created a method to help military spouses increase their delivery and confidence during interviews.
Dive in to EVE Method: Eye Contact - Voice Control - Every Word Counts
Erica has years of experience building teams with military spouses and knows all the failures, pitfalls, and blockers seen over and over again.
Attend the 22 PTSD Awareness Challenge on August 30, where non-profits paddle 22 miles from Connecticut to Long Island via kayak to raise awareness for veterans with PTSD and the 22 veterans who kill themselves every day.
Non-profits are welcome to paddle in one of 22 kayaks. The kayak trip meets at 9am in Bridgeport, CT, and ends at 4pm in Port Jefferson, NY.
After the event, there will be a reception, 4-7pm, at the Village Centennial Center, with information tables from numerous Veterans non-profit organizations, as well as refreshments.
The event is designed to bring veterans together to increase PTSD and suicide rate awareness.
Contact Alex Rohman to secure a kayak for your non-profit and to book an info table.
Attend the 40th Annual Richmond County Fair on September 2, 2pm, as Historic Richmond Town pays tribute to our American Heroes. This invite is extended to all Veterans and active service members who have sacrificed to protect America and the lives and privileges of all its people. Rolling Thunder® Chapter 2 NY partners with Historic Richmond Town to make this celebration a borough-wide recognized event.