Miami Navy Week will showcase our Navy while honoring 9/11 victims
By: José “Pepe” Díaz
Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 12, Miami-Dade County Military Liaison and Chairman of the Military Affairs Board
As the Military Liaison for Miami-Dade County and Chairman of the Military Affairs Board, and as a proud U.S. Marine, it will be my great honor and pleasure to welcome the U.S. Navy to Port Miami for Miami Navy Week from March 24 to April 1.
Miami is privileged to be one of 14 cities the Navy will be visiting this year as part of the Navy’s annual outreach program to give Americans the opportunity to showcase the Navy, its sailors, and its importance to national security and prosperity.
Navy Week will feature 75 different events throughout our community, including a demonstration by the Blue Angels, the Navy “Leap Frogs” Parachute Demonstration Team, the Navy Drill Team and a host of stationary displays of ships, including the USS New York – the flagship vessel of the visit.
The USS New York is a San Antonio class transport dock ship that was named in honor of the New York victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This unique vessel’s nose was made from steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, and a steel plate recovered from the Trade Center rubble is on display above one of the most-used passageways.
The victims of 9/11 also will be commemorated in a wreath-laying ceremony in which I will be participating, along with other community leaders, on Wednesday, March 27 at 1 p.m., at the Miami Military Museum, 12460 SW 152nd Street, next to Zoo Miami. There will also be a demonstration by the Navy Drill Team and military static displays.
There is so much to do and see during this unique week-long event. I encourage you to come and be a part of all the activities and see firsthand what our Sailors and Marines do every day to serve and protect our nation.
For more information regarding Miami Navy Week, visit https://outreach.navy.mil/Navy-Weeks-2019/.
If you have any veteran- or military-related concerns, please contact the Director of the Miami-Dade County Military Affairs Board, Gus Cruz at (305)375-4493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.