Fleet Week goes virtual this year amid virus concerns

It will be a very different Fleet Week in the New York/New Jersey area this year due to concerns around the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2020, 10:03 PM

Updated 1,519 days ago

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It will be a very different Fleet Week in the New York/New Jersey area this year due to concerns around the coronavirus.
The Hudson River is typically filled with ships from the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps for Memorial Day weekend. But this year the celebrations will be held online.
“We didn’t want to miss the opportunity just to connect again with the citizens of New York, our really great friends, to say thank you and communicate the fact we are in this together and will be until the very end,” says Rear Admiral Charles W. Rock.
The virtual Fleet Week will take place mostly through social media. There will be virtual tours of naval ships, concerts and entertainment, military demonstrations and other educational events.
The organizers say that while the virtual event will allow the entire country to take part in the celebrations, the week will be with New York and New Jersey in their hearts.
“It really is amazing to watch what you have done in really challenging times and for us to be a small part of it and us to say thank you. We are in this together and we will be back,” Rock says.
The events can be viewed on the Fleet Week Twitter and Facebook pages.


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