memorial wreath in front of the war memorial

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, the Cadman Park Conservancy hosted a Covid-safe Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Park, celebrating the over 300,000 heroic men and women in the borough of Brooklyn who served in World War II.  Our special guest speaker Kristen Rouse, NYS Veterans Services Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the President & Founder of the NYC Veterans Alliance, presented our honoree, Brooklyn WWII Veteran US Navy WAVE Katherine Horton, with an award from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs.  Katherine was accompanied by her daughter Sandra Emanuel. We honored US Navy veteran Katherine Horton, who was the first of three African American women to study at the US Naval Medical Center in Bethesda during the war and who turned 100 this past October. Katherine continued to serve at the Navy Yard after the war, eventually becoming a rehabilitation therapist helping veterans through her work at the VA hospital in Brooklyn.  Last year, with the support of NY State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Katherine was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. The Conservancy was grateful that World War II veterans Jack Vanasco and Norman Wasserman were also in attendance. Special thanks to our elected officials Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, Borough President Eric Adams, and Councilmember Stephen Levin for their heartfelt speeches. And a very special thank you to our former Conservancy President, Toba Potosky for his tremendous help with organizing this meaningful event. The Cadman Park Conservancy is committed to the long-awaited reopening of our Brooklyn War Memorial.

(on the right) Katherine Horton-Fernandez, on Veteran’s Day we honored US Navy Veteran Katherine Horton who turned 100 in October.  (accepting the award for Katherine, her daughter, Sandy on the left) Read more