Tribute to WWII Veterans at Cadman Plaza Park Sunday

This Sunday, May 24, starting at 10:30 a.m., there will be a tribute to Brooklyn’s World War Two veterans at the Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park. There are 25 living Brooklyn WWII veterans who will receive honors. The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Marching Band, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, the American Bombshell Singers, and Team Red, White & Blue will all perform. Speakers will include Borough President Eric Adams, Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton, and others.

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  • MaryT

    It was a very moving and intimate event. By the end, though, one of the WWII vets had passed out and was removed by EMTs on a stretcher. Does anyone know how he’s doing now?

  • ClaudeScales

    The man who had apparent heat exhaustion near the end of the ceremony was The Rev. James Blakely. After he collapsed, I saw him sitting up with an ice pack atop his head. The ambulance arrived shortly after. I just did a web search and found nothing recent; I hope that means he’s all right. The most recent thing I found about him was this piece by Pete Hamill from January 11 of this year:


    A very respectable event indeed. I hope the funding for the renovations materialize soon.

  • MaryT

    Thanks, Claude. I read the story – wow. He was well-attended to, and I also hope he’s home safe.