Due to lead found in the rifle range and boiler room of the 69th Regiment armory on 26th and Lexington in NYC, no civilians will be allowed to enter the armory when the unit returns from parade duty on March 17. Wives and family members of the soldiers are included in the ban. Only a DOD ID card showing active status will be accepted. The soldiers will be allowed to have a quick meal and then be asked to leave or board the bus that took them there ASAP. All shows scheduled in the armory have been cancelled until the lead is removed. Contracts are being prepared to clean the 36 armories in the State. I do not know if the Jersey City armory or any other armory in New Jersey has or had a rifle range and therefore is being or has been evaluated.
The 69th armory was always open after the parade for veterans to come back to visit as well as for other people celebrating the day. It should be OK for 2018.
Please let the membership know. It was a popular stop and this year it is a Friday. The Veterans are scrambling for a replacement venue but nothing suitable or available yet.