Governors Island played a critical role in America’s involvement with World War I. It was the headquarters of the First Army, and General John J. Pershing began his trip to France to lead the American Expeditionary Forces from the Island. On Saturday, Sept. 17, come out to the Governors Island National Monument for a day of living history that honors and tells the story of the men and women who fought in the Great War:
• Full day of living history of World War I
• See re-enactors in vintage frontline uniforms
• Equipment displays and demonstrations
• Talks and discussions on World War I and Fort Jay
• Free Admission
• Kid Friendly
• Bring your camera
There will also be an event on Governors Island on July 23, 2016, for World War I. Details coming soon and will be posted here.
Kevin C. Fitzpatrick has written and edited seven books with ties to New York history, including "The Governors Island Explorer's Guide" and "World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War." Kevin is a licensed sightseeing guide and has been leading walking tours since 1999. He resides in Manhattan.