Annual Veterans Day Celebration Set at USS Hornet

Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp Mickey Ganitch, above, a Pearl Harbor survivor who will turn 100 this month, has been a longtime volunteer for veterans’ causes. Ganitch will be honored with a special presentation at the USS Hornet Museum’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, Monday, Nov. 11. A special exhibit will also feature the The Flying Tigers, below, who served aboard flights to and from Vietnam during the war.

Annual Veterans Day Celebration Set at USS Hornet

The USS Hornet Museum will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, with a series of speakers, events, tours and other fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The formal program begins with the USS Hornet Big Band performing from 10 to 11 a.m. Bill Fee Boatswain (Ret), USS Hornet crew member 1968, will welcome the audience at 11 a.m. and lead the ceremony. BSA Troop No. 152 of Oakley will present the color guard while the USS Hornet Big Band performs the Star Spangled Banner.

Next, Chaplain Whatley will lead those gathered in a prayer. A national anthem and armed forces medley will follow performed by the USS Hornet Big Band.

At 11:30 a.m. Mickey Ganitch, a Pearl Harbor survivor will be honored — presentation with question-and-answer session to follow. Ganitch is a World War II and Korean War veteran, who was serving aboard USS Pennsylvania at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He will turn 100 years old on Nov. 16.

Lewis Ross Chief (Ret) will then read Flanders Field and the Navy Hymn. The ceremony will close with a prayer by Chaplain Whatley before moving to the Hornet’s Fantail for the wreath toss. Afterwards, the public will receive access to the Fantail for individual flower tosses.

Special guests will display exhibits at the museum throughout the event including: the Flying Tigers Flight Attendants (Vietnam War), Fayeth Gardens, the Walking Ghosts of Black History and more.
The Flying Tigers Flight Attendants worked for the Flying Tiger Line, a cargo airline set up in the 1960s and 1970s. These women attended to U.S. forces travelling to and from Vietnam during the Vietnam War. They will recite stories and share pictures and artifacts from those flights to and from Vietnam.

Fayeth Gardens is a private, 20-acre retreat in Calaveras Wine Country set amidst picturesque vineyards, serene, rolling hills and an orchard with a year-round creek. Veterans can receive discounted rates for stress reduction workshops, friend and family getaways and individual and small or mid-size groups. Fayeth Gardens will also discuss the upcoming Veterans Housing Program at their site.

The Walking Ghosts of Black History are a living-history organization. Their mission is to foster greater awareness of Black history and the need for its preservation, thereby creating constructive changes in society’s understanding of the African-American contributions to the U.S. military. They will be present in history-specific uniforms to tell their stories.

Ashay by the Bay will feature books on Black veterans and their service throughout the various military branches. They will also display a few popular children’s books for military families and visitors. Event discounts available for some selections.

Back 2 Nature will also offer its Natural Pain-Out Therapy Gel, which addresses pain, headaches, stress and tired muscles in just 20 minutes. 

Learn more at www.uss-hornet.org.