This week, Cleveland will be one of just 14 U.S. cities to host events for "Navy Week," an educational opportunity designed to "bring the Navy closer to the people it protects." Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly, a Shaker Heights High School alum, will lead the local delegation.
"Keeping the American Public informed about their Navy is one of our highest priorities," Modly said in a statement. "We want the them to know, and I will be telling the people of my hometown of Cleveland, that the men and women of the United States Navy, and our broader Navy-Marine Corps team, are the finest the nation has to offer, and that they are on station on guard every day to keep us safe."
Public events will take place throughout the week, including Wednesday's "Family Night Under the Stars" at Luke Easter Park and Friday's dedication of a Gold Star Memorial at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. It all culminates with the Cleveland National Air Show on Sunday, featuring a performance by the Blue Angels, virtual reality experiences, and displays of various Navy ships.
"Our Sailors are extremely excited to visit Cleveland and showcase just a small portion of our Navy's capabilities to the American public," Lt. David Carter, lead planner for the Navy Week, said. "The pride and professionalism they'll display is just a snapshot of the larger U.S. Navy force that stands ready daily to carry out our nation's work across the globe."
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