Doughboy Day at Fort Jay on Sept 17 Honors WW1

New York City Doughboys
Doughboys at the 2015 Veterans Day Parade in New York.

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.

Between 2016 and 2019 there are numerous events to remember World War I being planned nationally. Visit The United States World War One Centennial Commission for national events, and The World War One Centennial Committee For New York City for regional events.

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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.