Famous kiss, much more on Navy Day at Battleship Cove

To the editor:

Saturday will be Navy Day at Battleship Cove. It will be a festive day celebrating not only the Navy, but veterans from all branches of the military. Many scheduled events will occur at the Battleship, the Marine Museum, the PT Boat Museum, the Carousel, and Heritage State Park. One outstanding event is the Cove’s famous “Pearl Harbor Experience,” which allows visitors to see and hear what the attack on Pearl Harbor might have been like for those involved.

When the Japanese surrendered in World War II, on the cover of Life Magazine was a picture of a celebrating sailor kissing a nurse. Aboard the battleship will be a repeat of the kiss by the same sailor and nurse who kissed on that August day in 1945!

There will be an open house throughout the day at the Marine Museum and free rides on the carousel. There will be a remembrance program for Tin Can Sailors, Sea Cadet and Marine Cadet Demonstrations and a keynote speech on the Battleship from Daniel Martinez, chief historian of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor.

The Marine Museum will host numerous Veteran’s Services Groups, the POW/MIA Service group and the Tin Can Sailors. Representatives from each group will be available to meet with the public.  A concert by the Northeast Navy band will conclude the day’s activities.

It will be quite a day.

Phil Hudner

Westport

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