National Park Service Press Release
Governors Island National Monument – This week's National Park Getaway
|For Immediate Release:
||July 24, 2013
||Mindi_Rambo, National Parks of New York Harbor, 212-668-2208, 646-341-2825, mindi_rambo@.nps.gov
|Governors Island National Monument – This week's National Park Getaway
NEW YORK – Cannon fire splits the air at Governors Island National Monument, and white smoke drifts upward. As startled birds scramble into the sky and a boom echoes off the fort walls, delighted visitors clap enthusiastically for rangers conducting an artillery demonstration on the grounds adjacent to Fort Jay, one of two historic fortifications that define the national monument.
Shortly after the United States achieved independence from Great Britain, Fort Jay and its companion, Castle Williams, were built to ensure that New York City's harbor, a center of international trade, would never again fall into enemy hands as it had during the American Revolution. Read more
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