NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Fleet Week means thousands of U.S. service members are in New York City taking in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.

The week-long celebration coincides with Memorial Day, when Americans remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

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Members of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy stopped by CBS2 Sunday morning to share their stories and reflect on what the holiday means to them.

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Watch: Fleet Week Message From Maj. Dimitri Stepanoff & Information Systems Technician First Class Marc Jordan 

Watch: Fleet Week Message From Cpt. Lindsay Pirek & Information Systems Technician Second Class D’Andre Dotts 

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