SOURCE: USS Hornet Museum

USS Hornet Museum

September 09, 2011 14:05 ET

Honoring Our Heroes: 9/11 Remembrance Onboard the USS Hornet Museum

Museum's Living Ship Series Pays Tribute to East Bay First Responders With a Special 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and Events

ALAMEDA, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 9, 2011) - In commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, the USS Hornet Museum will pay tribute to San Francisco Bay Area First Responders during a special ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17 during Living Ship Day.

The special memorial service begins at 1 p.m. and will be led by Hornet Chaplain John Berger, a WWII veteran and Bronze Star recipient. Following the service, a wreath will be tossed into the water to commemorate those whose lives were lost.

The guest speaker is Mike Noonan, Alameda Chief of Police. Chief Noonan joined the Alameda Police Department in May 1986. During the past 25 years, Noonan has worked a variety of assignments. He received numerous promotions until being named Chief of Police in 2011.

In appreciation of their service, firefighters, police officers, Coast Guard personnel, and other emergency responders with I.D. and their immediate families will receive complimentary admission to the museum.

The media and public are invited to this special ceremony. Numerous activities will be available for the entire family following the ceremony, including an opportunity for visitors to meet members of the area's first responders and personally thank them for their service.

Among the numerous activities scheduled are a big band performance by the Hornet Band, rescue demonstrations, activities for the children and much more.

Living Ship Day aboard the Hornet offers something for everyone. The museum comes to life as an operating aircraft carrier with flight simulations between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as aircraft are lifted to the flight deck and placed into launch position. Visitors can meet former crew, sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet, and enjoy the sights and sounds of naval aviation. There will also be a Big Band performance, at noon.

Living Ship Day demonstrations are held on the third Saturday of most months. Normal museum hours and admission prices apply. Museum Members receive free admission. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. The USS Hornet Museum is located at 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3 in Alameda.

About the USS Hornet Museum:
The USS Hornet Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to experience the legacy of naval history, science, and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark, the ship is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. The ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission is $6-$15 for youths through adults and there is ample free parking across from the pier. For more information, visit or call (510) 521-8448.

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