Today, New York City kicked off “Veterans’ Week”, a week of celebratory activities leading up to Veterans’ Day on November 11th.
The City is honoring our service members and veterans by displaying the flags of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard at City Hall, the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, and each borough hall. The flags will remain on display from November 2nd through November 16th.
The flag display is the culmination of an interagency collaboration between the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), City Hall, and the borough halls in Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. By flying the flags across the city, veterans and their families, as well as civilians, can honor and celebrate the service and sacrifice of our military service members in their home boroughs.
“By flying the service branch flags at City Hall and across the five boroughs, we celebrate our veterans’ service and sacrifice,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New York City is proud to honor the quarter of a million veterans who make invaluable contributions to the vibrancy and diversity of our community.”
Commissioner Loree Sutton, MD, Brigadier General (ret., US Army), noted, “We at the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services celebrate our veterans throughout the year but take special pride in the City-wide spirit of celebration exhibited during Veterans Week. With this flag display throughout the city, civilians and veterans alike can honor our veterans without ever having to leave their home borough. We are so proud to serve and celebrate our veterans and their families each and every day – there is simply no greater privilege.”
Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Lisette Camilo said, “We at the New York City Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) are proud to honor our veterans and service members across the city. They remind us constantly of what it means to be ‘of service’ to the public and to the nation. We salute them and want them to know how much we appreciate them.”
“Our veterans’ have given so much of themselves to defend American values, and it is important that we recognize them and honor their service. I am proud to see the flags of our nation’s five military services units flying on the Bronx County Building, and I am always honored to recognize our veterans and their exemplary service as Veterans’ Week begins,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said, “Brooklyn Borough Hall is the People’s House, and I’m proud that in the days surrounding Veterans’ Day this house will display the colors of our armed services, honoring the people that defend our freedom here and abroad. To those who have served and sacrificed, our veterans and military families, we offer unending gratitude and support.”
“Since this country was founded, women and men in uniform have served valiantly here and abroad to keep us safe,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “The five flags standing tall at the David Dinkins Municipal Building represent the sacrifices veterans in our borough and across the city have made and the people of Manhattan’s deep appreciation for them.”
“More veterans call Queens home than any other borough, and the 55,000 brave veterans in Queens deserve nothing less than our utmost respect and gratitude. That is why we treat every day as Veterans Day at Queens Borough Hall, where we have proudly hosted a Department of Veterans Services satellite office since 2016,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said. “As we fly the flags of each military service branch above Borough Hall during Veterans Week for the third straight year, may all in Queens continue to be reminded of the incredible courage and sacrifice so many of our heroes and their families have displayed in service to our nation. To the veterans across Queens and the entire city, a grateful borough thanks you for all you have done.”
“At Borough Hall, we are dedicated to honoring Staten Islanders who have served our country and work to make sure their stories are remembered,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. “I am very thankful for the sacrifices our nation’s veterans, both past and present, have made serving our country and am happy to honor their service in this way.”
About the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services
The New York City Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) strives to improve the lives of all veterans and their families, regardless of discharge status. DVS operates as a centralized hub able to put veterans at the center of all our efforts, coordinating services with a range of agencies at the City, state, and federal level, as well as through public-private partnerships. Our mission is straightforward: to foster purpose-driven lives for NYC service members, veterans, and their families through: effective connections with the NYC community; targeted advocacy at the local, state, and national level; compassionate service, ensuring we make it easier to access the services and benefits they’ve earned. We believe veterans are civic assets whose strength and demonstrated commitment to public service help NYC thrive. For more information about the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, please visit our website here, visit us at 1 Centre Street, Suite 2208, New York, NY, call 212-416-5250, or follow us on social media @nycveterans.
About the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) ensures that all City agencies have the critical resources and support needed to provide the best possible services to the public. It does this in part by working with City agencies on recruiting, hiring, and training; providing facilities management for 55 public buildings; purchasing, selling, and leasing City property; purchasing more than $1 billion in supplies and equipment annually; and implementing conservation and safety programs for the City’s facilities and vehicle fleet.