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OUR NAMESAKE, NORMAN 'SAILOR JERRY' COLLINS, WAS HIMSELF A NAVY VET WHO WENT ON TO BUILD HIS LEGACY TATTOOING SOLDIERS AND SAILORS IN WWII-ERA HONOLULU. WITHOUT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE - AND SO WE HONOR THOSE WHO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM.

VISITING AND CELEBRATING IN THE BIG APPLE IS A SAILORS' TRADITION THAT DATES BACK TO 1898, WHEN COMMODORE DEWEY WAS HAILED FOR HIS HEROISM AT MANILA BAY DURING THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR. FROM THEN ON, FLEET WEEK IN NYC WAS AN UNOFFICIAL TRADITION - UP UNTIL 1982, WHEN IT BECAME OFFICIAL AND HAS SINCE HAPPENED EACH YEAR AROUND MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. BUT THROUGHOUT FLEET WEEK'S CENTURY-PLUS-LONG RUN, NEW YORK HAS WELCOMED SAILORS TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT FLEET WEEK ISN'T JUST AN NYC OR NAVAL TRADITION ANYMORE IT'S - AN AMERICAN ONE.

SAILOR JERRY INVITES YOU TO ENJOY SHORE LEAVE #LIKEASAILOR THIS FLEET WEEK, AND WE'VE EVEN CREATED A HANDY MAP OF OUR GO-TO NYC PLACES TO SHARE WITH YOU. ENJOY, BE SAFE AND HAVE A LEGENDARY FLEET WEEK!

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