Four Chaplains Annual Celebration
Feb 4, 2023
The Four Chaplains gave their lives in World War II to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship SS Dorchester sank on February 3, 1943 . During the early morning hours of February 3 the vessel was torpedoed by the German submarine U-233 off Newfoundland in the North Atlantic.
The Four Chaplains were last seen standing arm in arm at the top of the ship singing hymns as the Dorchester sank beneath the waves. Of the 920 men who left left Pier 12 in Stapleton, Staten Island on January 23, 1943, en route to Greenland, only 230 were saved from the icy waters by rescue craft. In addition to the four chaplains, 668 men were lost with the ship.
They were the Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Alexander D. Goode, a rabbi; the Rev. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister; the Rev. John P. Washington, a Catholic priest.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church is the site of the 2023 annual memorial celebration on Staten Island presented by the Four Chaplains Foundation and the United Staten Island Veterans Organization Inc.
Port Richmond Banner Celebration 2023
May 20, 2023
Join us on Armed Forces Day as we celebrate the third year of our "Port Richmond Honors our Veterans" Celebration in Veterans Park, Park Avenue & Bennett Street. Meet the Veterans featured on this year's Banners and celebrate their dedication to our country with family and friends. After the launch ceremony, guests can take self guided tours along Port Richmond Avenue, with the map in our booklet, Behind the Banners.
Staten Island Memorial Day Parade
May 29, 2023
Join us on Memorial Day at the Parade on Forest Avenue. We have been invited by the parade committee to march each year to honor our Banner Veterans. We are a Bronze sponsor of the event.
Flag Day the Port Richmond Way
June 14, 2023
Drive down Port Richmond Avenue. See our American Flag fly proudly in front of all of our local businesses as they beautifully accompany our veteran's banners.
Drive down Decker Avenue through a canopy of flags donated by local residents and businesses.
You can deposit an old or damaged flag at the following locations:
North Shore Post, 49 The Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314 VFW Post 7172
Marine Corps League - 46 Ontario Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301
Borough Hall - 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
July - Spotlight on Veterans Park
July 29, 2023
Staten Island's oldest city park is the Port Richmond Village Green, which is known as Veterans Park. This will be our third annual celebration of our park. We will have a tent with information about the Banners project, free self-guided tour maps, and lots of history and information about participating in Veterans Voices.
Nov 11, 2023
105th Anniversary of End of WW 1
The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at Ocean View Cemetery, sponsored by the the United Staten Island Veterans Organization, Inc. The World War I monument in the cemetery has been the site of the solemn ceremony since 1919.
Dec 7, 2023
Holiday Lighting Veterans Park
Veterans Park lighting ceremony of Holiday Banners, featuring hot chocolate, pastries, singing, live band. For the Community, all welcome. Remembering our Veterans at this special time of the year.