Veterans Day Online Tour: NYC's Monuments to Veterans and Peace
Time & Location
About The Event
This special free presentation is in honor of Veteran's Day, not only a reminds us that historically an estimated 1.1 million Americans have lost their lives in war (per pbs.org), but that there are many veterans alive today in the NYC area, many who have suffered from injuries and/or the emotional scars of war, and of course the bravery and heroism of the people who have chosen to serve. Shamefully, there are a sizable number of homeless adults who are veterans.
Registrants will be proided with the zoom link prior to the event. Note: this tour is offer in conjunction with the Meetup Group, "Exploring NYC History and Neighborhoods". https://www.meetup.com/Exploring-NYC-History-and-Neighborhoods/
BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. New York City is filled with many moving monuments and outdoor art honoring veterans who gave their lives for our country.
This presentation features both well known and obscure works of art and sculpture that pay homage to our veterans all over NYC. During this presentation, I am also including works of public art and architecture that represent peace and social justice, including the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument in Brooklyn, the Alfred Nobel Monument in Theodore Roosevelt Park, the Isaiah Wall/Ralph Bunche Park across from the United Nations, and the Victory with Peace Sculpture in Bushwick.