It’s still one of the most majestic sights along the Hudson River, and it’s come back strong.
The Parade of Ships arrived Wednesday morning to kick off Fleet Week.
As CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook reports, it’s been all day so far, seeing the massive ships coming up the Hudson River.
New Yorkers Westbrook spoke to say it was truly mind-blowing.
“It’s so cool,” said William Clow.
William and his father Edward woke up early to see all the action on the Hudson.
“Today I got up at 6:30 a.m. just to come here,” William said.
“For him to see the people protecting this country is really important to me,” Edward Clow said.
Wednesday was a day we haven’t seen in a while, Westbrook reported. What has felt like two long years of the COVID-19 pandemic has put Fleet Week on hold in the city. But her return has brought excitement back, especially for Sarah Rodney, who is currently in the Navy. She is originally from Guyana and has a family history of military service.
“I have to say it’s an honor as a citizen to have the opportunity to serve this country,” Rodney said. “It’s awesome. I appreciate it. The feel – the feel is just awesome.”
Fleet Week is one of New York’s beloved traditions. It’s a celebration of the nation’s maritime services, including the United States Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.
This year’s Fleet Week will bring together more than 3,000 sailors and nearly 100,000 visitors, who are expected to learn what a life of service is like, while experiencing firsthand what it’s like to be in the military.
“This is my last full stint with the ship before my transfer, so it’s a nice way to end it. Coming home and celebrating with the guys,” Navy Officer Reilly Bryant said.
Chopper 2 flew past the parade of ships, each docking one by one at various points along the Hudson. It was a fascinating sight for anyone watching from Pier 76, especially William.
“I’ve seen very long ships,” William said. “This is so cool.”
Of course, this week is dedicated to thanking the men and women who serve our country. There is certainly a lot to thank and learn over the next few days.
Fleet Week ends next Tuesday.