Monday, July 2, 2012

Red, White and Blue in the Park

It's a red, white and blue summer at Bryant Park this year. Last month the United States Army celebrated their 237 birthday in the park with a performance by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own." This month, Tide will celebrate the Olympics and the Fourth of July with their My Story. Our Flag event.

Did you know that besides being Flag Day, June 14 is also the birthday of the United States Army? This year, the Army turned 237 (that’s one year older than the U.S.A. itself) and celebrated with a full-scale military tattoo in Bryant Park. With Chief of Staff of the Army General Ray Odierno looking on, the USO Liberty Bells began the festivities by singing some American standards. Then the Old Guard Traditional Fife and Drum Corps thrilled onlookers with a traditional ceremonial performance using authentic period costumes and instruments, and the Army Drill Team followed with a rarely-seen exhibition of precise movements that included an exciting and dangerous finale involving a thrown rifle.

After the Army band ‘Downrange’ entertained with a selection of pop songs and patriotic tunes, the proceedings wound up with a dedication to NYC’s Finest and Bravest. You can see some footage of the proceedings here. The soldiers seemed to enjoy the day as much as the spectators and many of them lingered at the park afterwards, checking out the amenities and enjoying the scenery. We at BPC were absolutely thrilled and honored to host this special event. We thank the U.S. Army for its participation and salute its members for their service.

And tomorrow, Tide presents a nationwide project, in which they asked thousands of people the question, "What Do the Red, White and Blue Mean to You?" These stories have been collected and printed on pieces of red, white, and blue fabric to create a 13,000 square foot artistic interpretation of the American flag. The flag will be on view from 8am to 8pm this Tuesday, July 3.

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