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Several events scheduled to celebrate veterans and commemorate WWI centennial
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will offer free admission to veterans during Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, thanks to donations from the SunTrust Foundation and Navy Federal Credit Union.
The museum is an official Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. Below is a list of events held at Patriots Point over the next several days.
Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Free Symposium aboard the USS Yorktown about WWI and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Featured Speaker: Patrick O’Donnell, author of “The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Soldiers Who Brought Him Home”
Saturday, Nov. 10: Free Admission for Veterans
Sunday, Nov. 11: Free Admission for Veterans
11 a.m. Bells of Peace
A bell aboard the USS Yorktown will ring 21 times as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and service of veterans of the Great War. The 21 tolls of the bell symbolize the nation’s highest honor, based on the 21-gun salute. The event will mark the exact moment the armistice agreement that ended the war was signed 100 years ago. Following the tolling of a bell, Patriots Point volunteers will lay a wreath in memory of those who died in the war.
12 – 4 p.m
Charleston Community Band will perform aboard the USS Yorktown. The performance is included in the price of admission.
About Patriots Point
Patriots Point, on the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is home of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S. Patriots Point is also headquarters to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum. Visit www.patriotspoint.org for more details, or find us at @patriots_point on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/PatriotsPoint.org.
About the USS Yorktown Foundation
The USS Yorktown Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization is dedicated to raising funds to provide scholarships for educational programs at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, as well as supporting new exhibits, symposiums and special programs. The Foundation’s mission is “to cultivate a unique learning environment that connects generations by celebrating America’s history and its heroes, inspiring freedom, patriotism, leadership and service”. For more information, please visit www.USSYorktownFoundation.org or call 843.881.5925.