Battle of Brooklyn Ruck March for Veterans & Families

Sun, Aug 25th 2019 at 6:30 AM EDT · By NYC Veterans Alliance
Date & Time
Sun, Aug 25th 2019 at 6:30 AM EDT
Sun, Aug 25th 2019 at 5:30 PM EDT
John Paul Jones Park
Shore Parkway 101st Street
Brooklyn NY, 11209
Event Details

UPDATE: MARCHER REGISTRATION IS SOLD OUT!! Email to request to be wait-listed in the event of cancellations. All are welcome to meet the marchers at the Remembrance Ceremony at 5:30PM and to attend our Post-March Reception. 


  • Guided 17.76-mile ruck march through the history of the Battle of Brooklyn!
  • Catered lunch at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (meat & vegetarian options)
  • Stop-ins at VFW and American Legion posts along the route!
  • Event t-shirt & swag
  • Involvement in Remembrance Ceremony at Brooklyn War Memorial
  • Food & drink at Post-March Reception

The Basics

The Battle of Brooklyn Ruck March for Veterans & Families is a challenging 17.76-mile urban ruck march through historic sites commemorating the 243rd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. Guided by veterans serving as team leaders, you'll get to march in the footsteps of Continental troops in the fight for our newly established nation in August 1776. Learn about & understand the service and sacrifice of our earliest patriots and the essential contributions of military veterans to our city since the Revolution. We'll also explore and appreciate the unique neighborhoods and communities of today’s Brooklyn.

Route: 17.76 Miles

Marchers will check in at 6:30AM at John Paul Jones Park in Bay Ridge, just outside of Fort Hamilton. The event will kick off with a mandatory safety & orientation briefing at 7:00AM. Participants will proceed in teams (staggered start times) along a planned route of 17.76 miles to historic sites, including:

  • Red Lion Inn site in Sunset Park
  • Battle Hill in Green-Wood Cemetery
  • Old Stone House in Gowanus
  • Lookout Hill and Battle Pass in Prospect Park
  • Fort Defiance site in Red Hook
  • Fort Stirling site in Brooklyn Heights
  • Brooklyn War Memorial

March Details

Lunch will be provided at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, with meat and vegetarian options available. Water and restroom points will be identified along the route. Medical support will be provided by local volunteer ambulances. Marchers may choose to wear a backpack or rucksack simulating the basic load of a Continental soldier (approximately 35 pounds), but weight should be only what is comfortable / sustainable for each marcher. Marchers should carry water, snacks, sunscreen, foot powder, clean socks, and other items to stay cool, hydrated, and fueled to complete a long march at an average pace of 3 miles per hour.

Remembrance Ceremony

The March will conclude at 5:30PM at the Brooklyn War Memorial with a solemn ceremony of remembrance. Elected officials and veteran leaders will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle of Brooklyn and in the wars since with brief remarks and a wreath-laying ceremony that is free and open to the public.

Post-March Reception

Following the ceremony, a reception will take place at Park Plaza Restaurant, next to the Brooklyn War Memorial. Admission is included in march registration; tickets for additional guests are $15. Tickets include 2 drinks and appetizers. Friends, family, and general public are welcome to attend. 

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Sponsor a Veteran Team Leader!

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Sponsor one of our Veteran Team Leaders as they train, learn, and rehearse leading teams of marchers through Battle of Brooklyn historical sites before the big event on August 25. They'll be investing 15-20 hours at museum collections, talking with historians, and a full-day rehearsal along the 17.76-mile march route. Help these veterans learn & train to lead this march through history while reflecting on their own military service. 



Sponsor a Veteran!

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Ensure veterans who want to participate are able to at no cost - including formerly homeless veterans rebuilding their lives at Samaritan Village, student veterans, and other veterans for whom the $45 cost of participation isn't easy. 

Are you a veteran interested in a sponsored registration? Just ask and we'll square you away! 




Marcher Registration

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Registration fee is $45, which includes event t-shirt, swag bag, lunch, and admission to the Post-March Reception. 



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Post-March Reception ONLY

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Admission includes two drink tickets, appetizers, and special sponsor giveaways. 


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