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    USS ALABAMA Crewmen's Association Reunion

    Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 22, 2017

    – Now Hear This! Battleship Memorial Park is preparing for our annual USS ALABAMA Crewmen’s Association Reunion on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. It will be all hands on deck as we prepare to welcome these real life heroes back to their ship. The Crewmen will begin visiting the USS ALABAMA on Friday. While at the park on Saturday they will be special guests for the Oath of Enlistment Ceremony, be honored with their annual Crewmen’s Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., and then observe the battle reenactments by our historical reenactors that afternoon on the ship’s Fantail. In celebration of our Crewmen’s Reunion weekend, a host of events will take place: The Dixie Division Military Vehicles Show will open on Friday, April 21, 8:00 a.m. and continue through Sunday afternoon, April 23, 3:00 p.m. The show will be located in the picnic area on the park’s grounds and will feature antique and vintage military vehicles. A swap meet is included. The USS ALABAMA Living History Crew will be aboard ship Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. These dedicated historical reenactors will be dressed in authentic uniforms, including some of the ship’s original uniform items. The crew tell stories of our original crewmen, raise the Colors every morning at 8:00 a.m., conduct weaponry demonstrations and emergency drills. On Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. they will hold their popular Yak Attack. Watch for vintage airplanes to attack the ship in a mock surprise battle reenactment, complete with the ship’s 20mm and 40mm guns to firing back. In the Wardroom we will have the Deep South Amateur Radio Operators set-up demonstrating how radios work. They will be operating on both Saturday and Sunday in the Wardroom. On Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m., we will hold a community-wide Oath of Enlistment Ceremony that will include the induction of new military recruits from Mobile and Baldwin counties, representing all five branches of military service. The ceremony will be held in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion. We will be waiving the $2 Park Entry Fee on April 22 in honor of the Crewmen’s Reunion. Admission is $15 for children 12 through adults, $6 for children 6-11, and children under 5 are free. For more information visit www.ussalabama.com.

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