• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

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News

New York Today: Ka-Boom! - An August 14, 2013 listing in the New York Times City Room "Today" column leading with photo tells about cannon firing demonstration at the monument's "Artillery Thursday's" program.

On Governors Island, a Blast of Gunpowder with a Whiff of Toast - An August 15, 2013 short, fun feature in the New York Times City Blog by James Barron covering the cannon firing demonstration at the monument's "Artillery Thursday's" program.

From Here You Could Shoot in Every Direction - An August 2012 New York Times article about touring historic Castle Williams.

At Governors Island Reunion, Childhood Bonds Endure - A New York Times article about the August 2012 Coast Guard reunion on Governors Island sponsored by the National Park Service.

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Did You Know?

U.S. Army Air Corps Colonel Hap Arnold in the 1930s.

Henry “Hap” Arnold (1886-1950), a founding father of the modern U.S. Air Force, got the itch to fly while a second lieutenant in the infantry at Fort Jay in 1909, watching biplanes take off and land on Governors Island. His commanding officer told him that he knew of no better way to commit suicide. In 1911, he learned to fly with the Wright brothers and would go on to become the first five-star general of the Army Air Corps and the first and only five star general of the U.S. Air Force.