Bronx Lawmaker Salutes Nation’s Veterans from U.S. Battleship

As the nation celebrated our U.S. military men and women on Veterans Day, one Bronx lawmaker saluted our veterans from Pearl Harbor on board the USS Missouri battleship.

NYC Council Member Andy King took part in the 2015 Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony, on board the Fantail, Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor, which brought to close services around the world honoring the sacrifice and valor of our nation’s veterans.

This year, the ceremony featured a special tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War, as this year marks the 40th anniversary of its conclusion.

The keynote speaker was Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, United States Representative for Hawaii; and guest speaker was Capt. Gerald “Jerry” Coffee, USN (Ret.), Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war.

“As a son of a Korean War veteran, I was especially honored and proud to pay tribute to our military service men and women, who bravely give of themselves to protect our freedom,” said Council Member Andy King, (12th C.D.).

The USS Missouri (BB-63) (“Mighty Mo” or “Big Mo”) is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship. It was the last battleship commissioned by the United States and was the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan which ended World War II. Missouri received 11 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea, and the Persian Gulf, and was finally decommissioned in March 1992. In 1998, she was donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association and became a museum ship at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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NYC Council Member Andy King talks with keynote speaker Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, United States Representative for Hawaii; and guest speaker was Capt. Gerald “Jerry” Coffee, USN (Ret.), Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war.

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The USS Missouri (BB-63) (“Mighty Mo” or “Big Mo”) is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship.

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NYC Council Member Andy King meets with military veterans and officers taking part in the 2015 Veterans Day Sunset Ceremony, on board the Fantail, Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor.

 

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