SOURCE: The USS Hornet Museum

The USS Hornet Museum

November 12, 2013 12:19 ET

USS Hornet to Host Veterans Reunion and Gala to Mark 70th Anniversary

Former Crew and Apollo Astronaut to Honor Carrier and Museum

ALAMEDA, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 12, 2013) - The USS Hornet announces that the historic aircraft carrier will host special, family-friendly events on Saturday, Nov. 16, to commemorate its 70th Anniversary, as well as the 15th anniversary of the USS Hornet Museum as a leading Bay Area naval and aerospace museum. The public and media are invited to attend.

From 11am to 4pm: the USS Hornet will offer a special "Living Ship Day" with regular Museum admission. The event includes a 70th Anniversary ceremony and panel discussion at 1pm in Hangar Bay 3, featuring former Hornet crewmembers from significant engagements in U.S. history. A new 70th Anniversary exhibit, "Hornet: Reflections through Time" will also be unveiled. For more information please visit: http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/liveship/.

"Our 70th Anniversary event has been seven decades in the making. Hornet crewmembers joining us on Nov. 16th served aboard the carrier during some of the greatest events of the 20th century, including World War II, Vietnam, and the successful Apollo 11 and 12 lunar module recoveries following America's manned space missions to the Moon," said Randall Ramian, USS Hornet chief executive officer. "We are honored to host such distinguished veterans, and on such an historic occasion as the Hornet's 70th anniversary of service."

Emceed by Capt. Gerald G. Lutz (retired), who spearheaded the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation (ACHF), the nonprofit organization that converted the Hornet into a world-class museum, other panel members include WWII and Korean War fighter pilots; a Navy helicopter pilot with two tours in Vietnam; a Marine present for the 1969 recovery of the Apollo 11 astronauts and lunar capsule; and the Apollo curator of the USS Hornet Museum.  (Interviews with crewmen/panelists can be arranged before and during the Hornet Anniversary events.)

From 6pm to 11pm: the ACHF will host the USS Hornet's 70th Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser, featuring celebrated Apollo 12 Astronaut Dick Gordon. Also in attendance will be the Hornet crewmembers from the afternoon panel. There will be a gourmet buffet dinner with hosted bar, live and silent auctions, notable musical performances, and surprise guests. For more information or tickets, call (510) 521-8448 x411 or go online. Tickets will also be available at the door. Museum admission passes & discount coupons are not valid. Proceeds benefit the USS Hornet Museum, a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit Organization.

The USS Hornet is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave, Pier 3, in Alameda, CA. Ample free parking is available across the pier.

About the USS Hornet Museum:

The USS Hornet Museum, a popular tourist destination for families located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages. Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events; trade shows and expos; private parties and big band dances; and TV and film productions. For more information, ticket prices and event planning, visit: www.uss-hornet.org or call (510) 521-8448.

Contact Information

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    Heidi Schave
    USS Hornet Museum
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