• SGT Dan Cook, with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, glides over Lady Liberty during a demonstration jump at Liberty Island.

    Defending Freedom

    SGT Dan Cook, with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, glides over Lady Liberty during a demonstration jump at Liberty Island.

  • Members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team demonstrate a bi-plane formation. Pictured are SFC J.D. Berentis (top) and SGT Ryan Bonham (bottom).

    Statue of Liberty Bi-Plane

    Members of the U.S. Army Parachute Team demonstrate a bi-plane formation. Pictured are SFC J.D. Berentis (top) and SGT Ryan Bonham (bottom).

  • The U.S. Army Parachute Team makes a final approach toward Liberty Island for the Memorial Weekend demonstration jump.

    Liberty Island

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team makes a final approach toward Liberty Island for the Memorial Weekend demonstration jump.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's official parachute demonstration team, made a historical jump as part of their 50th Anniversary, onto the grounds of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

The demonstration was part of the Memorial weekend kick-off as members of the Gold demonstration team glided effortlessly toward Liberty Island, before a crowd of more than 3-thousand spectators.

"The last time we jumped at the Statue of Liberty was in 1978," said Capt. Michael Funderburk, Operations Officer for the Parachute Team. "We have been carefully planning and coordinating the demonstration at the Statue as part of our 50-year celebration, and to coincide with the Bethpage Air Show demonstration at Jones Beach, N.Y."

Approval for the Parachute Jump had been coordinated through the New York Mayor's Office, New York City Police Harbor Unit, FAA, Coast Guard, National Park Service and US Army Public Affairs.

"Looking over the 1978 pictures, it's an honor to be a part of making history again," said the team's Public Affairs Officer Donna Dixon. "We proudly represent the U.S. Army with every jump we make-this year is even more special, because it's part of our 50th year as a team," added Dixon.

The team will also continue to perform at air shows, compete on an international level and perform high-profile tandem jumps. In addition, the Golden Knights will visit high schools to work with local recruiters and help show young adults the variety of opportunities available in the U.S. Army.

For more information about the Golden Knights' yearlong 50th anniversary celebration or to learn more about the team's unique history and to view a schedule of events, visit www.usarec.army.mil/hq/GoldenKnights.

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