Memorial Day at the USS Hornet

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    Today, Mr. Boe and I attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at the U.S.S. Hornet.

    The Aircraft Carrier USS HORNET Museum is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century -- World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission.

    Now peacefully moored at historic Alameda Point on San Francisco Bay, the USS HORNET is a timeless memorial to those who defended our American values and to those who have pursued America's technological advancements.


    HOME PORT - Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum


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    I Love this guy. Navy pilot, served on the Essex in 1942. He's now 92 years old, and told us that he credits his longevity to "drinking A Lot".

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    That's his 1942 jacket he's wearing. What a sweetie pie!
     
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    I was watching some program last night. I'm sorry I don't remember which. But it was said that 1,800 world war two vets die every day. They won't be around much longer.
     
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    Pics from the ceremony:


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    Wreath laying ceremony - with flowers for everyone who wanted to toss one into the water:

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    These two were very touching:

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    And finally:

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    Very wonderful day! The volunteers at the museum were mostly retired military. We were fortunate enough to be invited to tag along on a private tour for a group of boy scouts. The docent quizzed the boys on naval facts and lore - it was fun watching their responses.

    The part I liked best was being able to talk to the old vets. Wonderful men. Their camaraderie was quite moving.
     
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    I had no idea that many were dying each day.

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    What a GREAT way to spend Memorial Day! :thup:



    And thanks for sharing this with us!
     

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