SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – The legacy of the New York Guard's First Provisional Regiment continues today, more than 90 years after it guarded the New York City reservoir system during World War I.
Members of the New York Guard’s 56th Brigade and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection gathered last weekend at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to honor the men who served in the First Provisional Regiment of the New York Guard during World War I.
The 1,200-man regiment patrolled 98 miles of aqueducts between Kingston and Yonkers to ensure that New York City and its surrounding communities had access to water between 1917 and 1919.
Regiment volunteers included veterans and men and boys who were not eligible to serve overseas; 40 members died from Spanish Influenza.
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