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Sunset Gala at the Park

Thursday, June 6, 2019
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park


June 6, 2019 will be the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Four Freedoms Park Conservancy will commemorate the invasion and battle set in motion on that day, which launched the final phase of World War II. President Roosevelt and General Eisenhower led the prayers of our country, not for victory alone, but also for the continued inspiration to build a world committed to the Four Freedoms.

“Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace, a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 6, 1944

 Join us for a memorable evening with music and cocktails in view of the United Nations.

To make a contribution by check, please mail to Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, P.O. Box 5475, New York, NY 10185-5475

For more information, please contact Michael Heck: (646) 767-5096 or

Remarks at 6:30 p.m. (program in formation):

Lieutenant General Stayce D. Harris, United States Air Force (Retired)
Lieutenant General Stayce D. Harris retired on March 1, 2019 as the Inspector General of the Air Force. In 2016, she became the Air Force's first African-American woman to achieve the rank of lieutenant general after President Barack Obama nominated her to become Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

Major General James A. "Spider" Marks, United States Army (Retired)
Major General "Spider" Marks has over 42 years of leadership experience in both the Army and industry. He served as the Senior Intelligence Officer at the Battalion, Division, Army, and Theater levels, and is currently an on-air military and national security contributor to CNN.

Major General Timothy J. LaBarge, Commander, New York Air National Guard
Maj. Gen. LaBarge received his Air Force commission in 1984 and joined the New York Air National Guard in 1991. He has flown missions in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Personal remembrances from World War II veterans:

Lieutenant (j.g.) Robert M. Pennoyer, United States Naval Reserve
Lieutenant (j.g.) Robert M. Pennoyer, United States Naval Reserve (discharged 1946), completed Navy ROTC training at Harvard while awaiting orders to report for duty on a cruiser in the Pacific. He served on the USS Pensacola, which was heavily damaged in February, 1945 near Iwo Jima. Mr. Pennoyer joined the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in 1958 and was a partner from 1962 to 1995. He continues to have an active law practice.

Lieutenant (j.g.) Wynn Handman (expected to attend), United States Coast Guard
USCGC Storis, North Atlantic patrol, participant in the Battle of the Atlantic