For the past three decades, the United States Navy has had a big celebration in New York City known as Fleet Week. More than 2,300 sailors were in town this year for the festivities. Sailors can spend some vacation time with friends and family and enjoy everything that the biggest city in the country has to offer. There were also some demonstrations that allow the public to see what the Navy has to do on a regular basis. For example, a search and rescue demonstration was set up to show what is involved when a person is thought to have fallen overboard.
The Fleet Week celebration in New York City has grown quite a bit from when it started in 1988. Only a few hundred sailors participated back then. It has steadily grown in popularity. It has now become a local tradition that local residents look forward to so they can give their thanks to the men and women of the Navy. There were a total of 14 ships that pulled into the harbor for the Fleet Week celebration. This was the largest number of ships that has been in town at one time in 12 years.
Many of the sailors said they want to take a look at the memorial that was built in honor of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. They were also looking forward to eating some New York City pizza while they are in town. Some of the high ranking members of the Navy are surprised that Fleet Week has turned into the large celebration that it has become. They thought that it was just a novelty that was not going to be revisited after 1988. They could not have been more wrong about that. It would appear that Fleet Week will only get bigger in the years to come.