The start of the 233rd Commemoration of Brooklyn Battle Week will commence with the 101st Prison Ship Martyrs’ Memorial Tribute by the Society of Old Brooklynites, August 22 at 10 a.m. at the base of the148-foot tall Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Fort Greene Park (enter at DeKalb Avenue and Fort Greene Place).
The remains of 11,500 sailors and soldiers, America’s first POW’s, who were imprisoned and perished aboard British Prison Ships during the American Revolution are entombed in a crypt under the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument on the hilltop in Fort Greene Park.The landmark monument was designed by world-renowned architect Stanford White and formally dedicated in 1908 by President William Howard Taft.
Historian and author David A. Weiss, a Navy veteran will be the keynote speaker. Society President Theresa Rosen will lay a wreath, and Mike Molinari, US Navy Armed Guard veterans and a Marine Corps Honor Guard will be part of the memorial.
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