Veterans Day 2012 is Sunday, November 11th. Here are six top military sites in NYC where you can honor our men and women in uniform — past and present — any day of the year, not just on Veterans Day. Every one of these NYC war memorials is FREE, for you to visit and reflect on the real cost of freedom.
World War Two Memorial, Battery Park — This outdoor memorial is a series of tall marble slabs embedded with the name, rank and serial number of the thousands of New York City men and women who gave their lives in WWII. Open daily, the same hours as Battery Park.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Financial District — This plaza a few blocks from Wall St. is an eclectic mix of news dispatches and the letters of US military, etched onto slabs of greenish glass. End of Coenties Slip, between Water and South Streets, near the South Street Seaport.
Brooklyn War Memorial, Cadman Plaza — The official name is WWII Memorial in Cadman Plaza. It is Brooklyn’s only borough-wide monument honoring the 327,000 American men and women who served in uniform in World War II.
Grant’s Tomb, Upper West Side — Although not technically a war memorial, Grant’s Tomb honors the Civil War general and US President. Yes, Ulysees. S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent Grant are buried here, in twin marble sarcofagi, and the small museum includes historic documents and otehr artifacts. Grant’s Tomb is part of the National Park System
Soldiers & Sailors’ Memorial, Upper West Side — This soaring white marble monument in Riverside Park commemorates the Civil War dead. Riverside Drive at 89th Street.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn — This grand arch also commemorates those who served in the Civil War, and also reminds many of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The arch sits on one of the most important intersections in Brooklyn.