Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Will You Be In Boston This Coming Weekend?

****UPDATE - I got more info on Boston's Pearl Harbor Commemoration - click here*****
Well here's some stuff you shouldn't miss.

Saturday - The next opening of the WWII Veteran Exhibits will be Saturday December 5th from 12:00 to 3:00PM at 20 City Square Charlestown. It's a very convenient location adjacent to the Freedom Trail. The Exhibits were profiled in the Boston Globe last month in coverage that can be viewed here. If you have any interest in history, particularly WWII history; or any connection to Charlestown, this Exhibit is a must see.

Sunday - This is a two-fer -

1st - The City of Boston will hold a Pearl Harbor Day commemoration in Quincy Market at 2 pm. I will try to get more information on this event. I do know that CDR Cooper, CO of USS Constitution will be speaking at the ceremony.

2nd - Old Ironsides will hold it's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony December 6 at 4 p.m. aboard the ship. The event is free and open to the public. The ceremony will commence following evening colors at sunset and a shot fired from USS Constitution's port saluting battery, and culminate in the lighting of the 18-foot tree near the ship's stern.

"We'll have cookies and hot chocolate, and most importantly, lots of children will be here to enjoy the Christmas tree aboard America's Ship of State," said USS Constitution's 71st and current commanding officer, Cmdr. Timothy Cooper. "We'll be holding a drawing to allow one lucky winner the opportunity to turn on the switch that lights the tree; I think that's a special way to create ties between us and community."

Additionally, USS Constitution has been assured that it is "very, very likely" that a special guest will be in attendance, who will be overjoyed to see all the little boys and girls present.

During this holiday season, Charlestown Navy Yard partners Boston's National Park Service the USS Constitution Museum and Old Ironsides are giving visitors the opportunity to design their own Christmas tree ornaments, and then hang them on the tree aboard the ship.

Monday - There will be a Pearl Harbor commemoration aboard USS Cassin Young in the Charlestown Navy Yard. I'll get more details on that as well.

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