I used to be sailor
Who sailed across the seas.
But now I’m just an island
Since they took my boat away from me.
Lyrics from “I Used to Be a Sailor” by Tracy Chapman, 1992.
Photo by Rick Stachura. Battery Park. April 23, 2019.
The East Coast Memorial looking toward the Statue of Liberty.
Dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on May 23, 1963, the monument features this black granite eagle clutching a laurel wreath. It lays its wreath upon a cresting wave to honor the 4,597 American servicemen who died in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Their names are inscribed on eight 19-foot pylons that stretch down to the waterfront on both sides of the eagle.