Navy Week Kicks Off at New Mexico Veterans' Memorial

One of the US Navy's major community outreach programs is coming to Albuquerque for a series of events and programs beginning Monday, September 12 with a Kick-off celebration at the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial Amphitheater. The Ceremony will also feature the US Navy Band, followed with refreshments and a brief reception in the Memorial's Visitor Center. Guests will find that there is ample off-street parking at the Memorial.

One of only 15 US cities selected this year to host Navy Week, September 12-18, Albuquerque residents will have a number of opportunities to interact with and learn from Naval personnel at various locations through the city.

The dates coincide with the New Mexico State Fair, where the Navy Band Northwest Popular Music Group will perform on the Expo NM Pavilion Stage on Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, from 6-7pm, and the Band's vocalist will sing the National Anthem at the beginning of the 7pm concert on the 12th. Navy personnel will hold a recruiting drive at Expo New Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 13 and 14, from 9am-3pm.

At the ABQ BioPark Zoo on Wednesday, September 14, from 11am-2pm Navy divers will be set up at the Seal Habitat where they will feature high-tech gear, including their MK-5 traveling exhibit, dive helmets and information on how they operate, as well as how they are connected to STEM. Also on Wednesday, the Navy Band Northwest will perform from noon-1pm on the UNM Cornell Mall, between the SUB (Student Union Building) and Mesa Vista Hall West.

On Saturday, September 17, from 12:30-1:30pm the Navy Parachute Team "Leap Frogs" will thrill the crowd by jumping into the Downs to kick off the horse race, and the Navy Color Guard will present colors during the pre-race festivities.

Navy Week's week-long celebration will also include events featuring:

-Navy Divers and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams
-Sailors from USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world
-Senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders
-Navy STEM Vehicle
-Visits to area schools and with local veterans
-Community service projects
-Navy Medicine Ambassadors

Prior to the Kick-off Celebration the Navy Band Northwest will present a free concert in Old Town Plaza on Sunday, September 11 from 1-2:30pm.

Since 2005 the Navy Week program has served as the service's signature outreach effort into areas which have no significant Navy presence, with 181 Navy Weeks being held in 68 different US cities.

"Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand that their Navy protects and defends America on the world's oceans, that their Navy is deployed around the world around the clock, and is ready to defend America at all times," said John Wallach, Deputy Director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach, which plans and executes the Navy Week program.

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