World War I Living History Comes To Governors Island Doughboy Day At Fort Jay Saturday, September 17 Activity Schedule Announced
The centennial of American involvement in the "Great War" is in 2017 and this group of volunteer reenactors will share the story of U.S. participation. Both men and women will be in full uniform and provide displays and talks about the role America played in World War I. It is free and suitable for all ages.
The events are free, open to the public, and run 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Governors Island National Monument. The displays will be on the Parade Ground and talks in and outside Castle Williams.
"We are proud to be part of 'Doughboy Day' on Governors Island," said Dr. Libby O'Connell, Chair of the World War I Centennial Committee for New York City. "Events like this bring the diverse history of the Great War alive for new generations."
Colonel Robert J D'Alessandro (Ret.), Chairman of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, observed, "This upcoming living history event on historic Governors Island will raise awareness of the innovations and the sacrifice that characterized America's involvement in this 'War to End All Wars'. I'm pleased that this commemoration will be part of the annual observances during the centennial."
10:00-4:00: Displays of vintage artifacts, equipment, uniforms, and weapons. Parade Ground.
10:30: Opening remarks on Parade Ground.
11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 2:00, 3:30: "Eugene Bullard, America's first black fighter pilot" (actor Chadd Gray). Presented by the Ebony Doughboys. Gazebo outside Castle Williams.
11:30 and 3:30: "Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in Neuvilly." Castle Williams.
12:00: "Harlem Hell Fighters and the Black Doughboy experience."
12:30: Doughboy March from Parade Ground to Fort Jay.
2:00: "America and World War I: A Traveler's Guide" author Mark D. Van Ells. Castle Williams.
3:00: "Rediscovering the Doughboy Experience in WW1" artifacts presentation, Randy Gaulke, World War One Historical Association. Castle Williams.
4:00: Doughboy March from Castle Williams to Meuse-Argonne Point.
5:00: End of event.
Governors Island is located in New York Harbor, 1/2 mile from the southern tip of Lower Manhattan and 400 yards west of Brooklyn's Red Hook waterfront. Ferry service is provided from Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street on the corner of South and Whitehall Streets (next to the Staten Island ferry terminal). Ferry service is provided from Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 at the end of Atlantic Avenue. Commercial ferry service is provided by the East River Ferry and serves several points on the East River. Ferries run every half hour. For a ferry schedule: https://govisland.com/
Governors Island National Monument (nps.gov/gois)
World War One Centennial Committee for New York City (wwi100nyc.org)
U.S. World War One Centennial Commission (worldwar1centennial.org)
For more information, please visit http://governorsislandguide.com/
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