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About the Exhibition

Since its inception, New York has been guided by the principle that its defense lies in the hands of its citizenry. From militiamen defending their homes on the colonial frontier to individuals serving in global conflicts around the globe, a courageous cadre of New Yorkers continues this legacy of selflessness to the present day.

This exhibition traces the service of New Yorkers through several wars and battles as well as natural disasters and national emergencies. Personal stories and mementos, uniforms, and artillery pieces from the Museum's collection, the New York State Military Museum, members of New York's National Guard, and local collectors anchor these amazing stories from the 20th century.

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