USS Hornet Museum to Host Special Veterans Day Ceremony November 11th
Annual tradition onboard Bay Area aircraft carrier to include procession and memorial wreath toss
Alameda, CA —October 28, 2015—The USS Hornet Museum (Hornet) announces that it will host a special Veterans Day tribute honoring veterans past and present. The ceremony will take place onboard the Bay Area’s famous “floating museum” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11th. This moving, annual tradition will include a Boy Scout Color Guard, a benediction by Assistant Chaplain Bruce Morris, and a procession to the memorial wreath-toss. Musical performances by The Hornet Band begin at 11 a.m.
Immediately following the ceremony, the Hornet will present guest speaker and WWII Veteran Clark Strickland of Pittsburg, California. Strickland served as an enlisted seaman on the USS Fuller from 1943-1945, which was a combat transport vessel that landed American troops in Guadalcanal. He received the Freedom Medal for his service in the Pacific.
“We invite all veterans and families of members of the military to join us on this very special day, where we honor the men and women who have unselfishly defended our country’s freedom,” said Ray Fortney, USS Hornet Chief Executive Officer “This is the 17th year we have held this touching, unforgettable ceremony onboard the Hornet. It is a special privilege to do so.”
On Veterans Day, November 11th, the Hornet will be open to the public from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A National Historic Landmark, the Hornet is one of the most decorated ships of the U.S. Navy. The Hornet is berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, in Alameda. Veterans Day admission is $20 for adults, $15 for adults with Military I.D., and $10 for youth age 7-17 (age 6 and under are free with paying adult). In recognition of their service to our country, military veterans wearing their unit jackets, hats, or showing proper identification at the ticket desk will receive complimentary admission.
Tours of the Hornet will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Before and after the ceremony, Hornet visitors are invited to explore the many decks of the ship, from the Captain’s Bridge to the immense Engine Room. The carrier’s numerous exhibits include 13 Navy and Marine aircraft, ranging from WWII vintage to modern era. The Hornet is also home to the West Coast’s largest collection of Apollo Moon Mission artifacts. Families can experience naval history and space exploration firsthand, including the impressive aircraft display, fascinating Apollo Mission exhibit, and an actual flight simulator.