‘Fighting Lady’ celebrates 70 years

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The U.S.S. Yorktown will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a special concert and tours on Sunday, April 14. PHOTO PROVIDED

The nation’s oldest aircraft carrier museum, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) is turning 70.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is inviting everyone to join in on the celebration. On Sunday, April 14, Patriots Point will host a “Tribute to the Yorktown,” complete with a full day of activities, programs and fun for the whole family.

Throughout the day, the museum will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to walk in the steps of the men who served aboard this historic ship. An expanded Open Cockpit Sunday will provide access to even more aircraft on display and living history programs will give visitors a chance to meet and interact with sailors who served aboard the ship. At 2 p.m., the Charleston Community Band will perform in Hangar Bay III aboard the USS Yorktown, along with several musical groups throughout the day. These special programs are free with purchase of regular admission.

At 7 p.m. that evening, the party will kick off with performances by Charleston jazz icons Lonnie Hamilton, III and Ann Caldwell, followed by a very special USO-style show hosted by Brad and Jennifer Moranz. Food and beverages will be available for purchase while guests dance under the stars to music from World War II. Tickets for this special evening are $22 and can be purchased on the Patriots Point website: www.patriotspoint.org.

“For 70 years, the USS Yorktown has left an indelible mark on all those who walk her decks,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette.

“She turned boys into men during times of war and peace. Ordinary citizens became heroes and courage was an everyday occurrence. Today, she leaves visitors today with a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the sacrifices of those who came before them.”

“Our celebration will honor ‘The Fighting Lady’s’ platinum anniversary by bringing her to life through educational and living history programs, as well as unforgettable musical performances that evening,” Burdette continued. “The USS Yorktown is more than just a Lowcountry landmark, she’s a national treasure. We hope everyone will join us on April 14 to celebrate her seventy years of service to our country.”

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