NEW YORK (NNS) -- The streets of Manhattan were bathed in Navy blue as Navy moms, dads and family members met in New York City to help the U.S. Navy celebrate 233 years of honorable service to America Oct. 13.
The group, who were first introduced through the social networking Web site NAVYForMoms.com, plan to march down Fifth Avenue in the annual Columbus Day Parade, along with a float entry. Some members will also attend a taping of Live with Regis and Kelly, The Late Show with David Letterman, and some will end their day by taking in a New York fan favorite - attending a New York Rangers hockey game at Madison Square Garden.
Launched on March 1, and recently welcoming its 5,000th member, NAVYForMoms.com, a member-driven Web site built specifically for folks who support Sailors or have children or friends considering joining the United States Navy, has evolved into an incredible community for moms, dads, family members and friends all over the country.
"We are thrilled to see so many Navy moms join us today to celebrate the Navy's 233rd birthday," said Rear Adm. Robin Braun, deputy commander, Navy Recruiting Command. "NAVYForMoms.com is and continues to be a strong online community for moms with questions and observations about the Navy. Today we see their passion and dedication first-hand, a true testament to the nurturing bonds they have created."
NAVYForMoms.com continues to grow quickly, averaging 159 new members each week. Members continue to share their lives with one another. More than 21,000 photos have been uploaded and thousands of discussion posts have been contributed to the site.
"NAVYForMoms.com has been a place I go daily to check in with my friends around the country who are dealing with the same things I am," said site mom Karen Gallagher from New Hampshire. "I'm a widow, so while three of my four kids are away in the Navy, it has been a blessing for me to be able to connect with other Navy moms - both online and in person. And for us to be able to honor their service here in New York today is just a great opportunity."
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