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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Angela@nycveteransalliance.org and we'll square you away!