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NYC Mayor proclaims Air Force Week

Posted 8/19/2012   Updated 8/20/2012 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 070812

8/19/2012 - NEW YORK  -- Opening Ceremonies Held at Intrepid

The New York City Mayor's office presented a proclamation declaring Aug. 19-21 "Air Force Week: Showcasing America's Airmen" at the opening ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum today.

In addition to delivering the proclamation, Terrance Holliday, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs said, "The United States Air Force performs so many missions that underscore our nation's ability to provide defense and humanitarian resources for its citizens and the world. This week provides a personal opportunity for all New Yorkers to celebrate our men and women of the U.S. Air Force, shaking their hands and offering thanks for a job well done." Holliday is retired Air Force as well.

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, The Thunderbirds, performed a coordinated formation flyover in their six F-16D aircraft during the afternoon ceremony.

"The United States Air Force is the most technologically advanced and most highly trained aerial fighting force the world has ever seen. They bring our country to new heights and we're thrilled to welcome them to New York City for Air Force week," said Salvatore Cassano, Fire Commissioner of the City of New York, who delivered a keynote address during the ceremony.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley presided over the ceremony and made remarks. The senior uniformed officer was Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., commander of Air Education Training Command. NBC News Anchor Lester Holt emceed the event. In addition to Commissioners Cassano and Holliday, Raymond Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York and Fatima Shama, Commissioner of the New York Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs also attended. The United States Air Force Band's Ceremonial Brass performed as well.

The proclamation reads:

"Whereas: it is impossible to adequately express the thanks we owe the brave men and women who serve in our nation's armed services. Their commitment to defending the values we hold dear and the American way of life is crucial to our continued safety and wellbeing. As we reflect on the values of liberty, equality, and justice that make our country strong, we're proud to join the members of the Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and their families in celebrating Air Force Week in New York City.

Whereas: since 1947, the United States Air Force has played a vital role in protecting our nation by taking part in both combat operations and peacekeeping efforts around the globe. The USAF's contributions to humanitarian missions have save the lives of many thousands of people around the globe, and the events held throughout New York City over the coming days present a terrific opportunity to reflect on the impact that our nation's Airmen, both past and present, have had both here and throughout the world.

"Whereas: New York city has a storied military history that dates back to the birth of our nation, and since then, countless New Yorkers have committed themselves to military service. Over the coming week, we encourage all New Yorkers to Consider the sacrifices made by our nation's Airmen and their families in the name of preserving our freedom. The patriotism and courage of the United States Air Force continues to make New York City and our country strong, and we're proud to honor those who give everything to protecting the values that make America great.

"Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the city of New York, in order to show our gratitude for the service of our nation's Airmen, do hereby proclaim August 19th- August 21st, 2012 in the city of New York as 'NYC Air Force Week.'"

Air Force Week New York features numerous events throughout New York City's five boroughs. Various Air Force displays such as Military Working Dogs, the U.S. Air Force Falconer program, medical displays and other opportunities will be on hand at the Intrepid through Aug. 21.

There will be a water rescue demonstration in the Hudson River at 2:45 p.m. today that will include an HH-60 helicopter and a pararescue team demonstrating open water rescue techniques. The rescue team is from the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing on Long Island.

- USAF -

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