April 15th, 10 am – 3 pm
As you know, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) was commissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia on April 15, 1943. That was eighty years ago, this year. So, the leadership and staff at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mt. Pleasant, SC are preparing an 80th Birthday celebration of the USS Yorktown on Saturday, April 15th. Included here is a letter to our membership from the Interim Executive Director of Patriots Point, Mac Burdette:
We are very excited to celebrate the upcoming 80th anniversary of the commissioning of USS Yorktown and are looking forward to having former crew members join us for the occasion during the upcoming work party.
On April 15, we will host a “The Fighting Lady Turns 80” celebration for the 80th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning. We will have family-friendly events aboard the Yorktown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and invite you, her crew members, onboard to participate in a Meet & Greet with visitors throughout the day.
Meet & Greet events of past reunions have been very popular and well-attended. We expect the same for this event.
At 1 p.m. on April 15, we will introduce participating crew members and toast USS Yorktown’s “birthday.” Following Navy tradition, we will celebrate with cake.
Also as part of the celebration, the Collections and Curatorial Affairs Department is excited to launch a new exhibition entitled “All Who Served: The Uniforms of World War II”. The exhibition features uniforms from all branches of the military, with loans from the Charleston Museum, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the National Museum of the US Army, and the Charleston Air Force Base.
We look forward to a great day on the Fighting Lady at Patriots Point. We hope Yorktown Association members will consider joining us!