"Alert America" Civil Defense Convoy

Monday, May 12, 1952

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Opens with reporter describing the event at City Hall - an official ceremony to greet the "Alert America" GI convoy drivers.

Grover Whalen, Coordinator of Recruiting and Public Information for New York City Civil Defense, speaks first. He notes that the convoy is funded by the Valley Forge Foundation, as well as other public donors.

Next, Mayor Impellitteri speaks. He welcomes the convoy and notes again the Valley Forge Foundation's role in bringing the exhibits to New York City. He then reads the proclamation declaring the week of May 12- May 19, 1952 "Alert America Week."

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71754
Municipal archives id: LT1854


Vincent R. Impellitteri and Grover A. Whalen


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