NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of people took to the streets of Chinatown Saturday for a special tribute to honor the memory of a local soldier.
City officials unveiled Private Danny Chen Way on Elizabeth Street between Canal Street and Bayard Street.READ MORE: Viral Video Shows Unmasked NYPD Officer Pushing Masked Commuter Out Of Subway Station
The 19-year-old soldier from Chinatown committed suicide in Afghanistan in 2011. He endured hazing by his own squad for being Chinese-American.
“We are doing this today to remind us that hazing and bullying exists in this country and it is wrong,” said one woman during the ceremony.READ MORE: Hip-Hop Improv Show 'Freestyle Love Supreme' Returns To Broadway
Chen’s death galvanized the entire community and shined a spotlight on the dark culture of bullying and hazing in the military.
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