A Fleeting Greeting
Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week welcomed members of the US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard to New York City's 19th Annual Fleet Week celebration in a ceremony at City Hall. Fleet Week ended yesterday. During the week, thousands of military service men and women came to New York, and this year, 11 ships docked at various piers around the city.
"Fleet Week is always a special time for our city," said Bloomberg. "It is our opportunity to express our gratitude for service men and women throughout the country, and for the 8,000 New Yorkers who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom."
New York City is home to more than 11,000 members of the active military, National Guard and Reserve, and more than 310,000 veterans.
This year's fleet of ships featured the USS Kearsarge , USS Anzio, USS Ramage, USCGC Spencer, USCGC Sturgeon Bay, USS Mason, USS Shreveport, USS San Antonio, USS Nitze, the USS Klakring as well as the HMS Scott from the British Royal Navy.