Chapter 400 of the Vietnam Veterans of America invites all veterans to join them for the dedication of a plaque that honors those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Ave. in Oakland.
Chapter 400 is also hosting a Memorial Day service, Monday, May 29, at Veterans Memorial Park, at Veterans Court near Doolittle and Island drives on Bay Farm Island. The service begins at 11 a.m. and will remember all the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country.
Television crews spotted all over the West End
In addition to Scolari’s restaurant on the Point serving as a location for an episode of the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri, the USS Hornet Museum also served as a television location recently. The USS Hornet was featured in the final moments of Season 30 of The Great Race.
The USS Hornet Museum reported losing a large share of its annual funding due to a power outage the evening of July 4. Many West End businesses were forced to close because of the lack of power, and Hornet officials ended up canceling the holiday fundraiser. Donations are being accepted to recover lost revenue that funds the ship’s ongoing restoration effort and educational programs. For more information, visit www.usshornet.org.
The USS Hornet Museum recently joined the Smithsonian Affiliations, network of some 200 musuems nationwide.
The Smithsonian Affiliation Director Harold A. Closter, cited the Hornet’s remarkable role in American history, particularly the CV-8’s role in World War II and the CV-12’s participation in the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions.
Smithsonian Affiliations is a division of the Smithsonian Institution develops partnerships with museums to provide greater access to collections and resources.
The USS Hornet Museum held its “STEM to Stern” event on May 20 to promote science, technology and mathematics (STEM). The event featured Jamie Hyneman, the former co-host of the popular Discovery Channel series, Mythbusters.
The show represented a rare public appearance for Hyneman, who has continued working alone on experimental technology for clients, ever since Mythbusters last aired in March 2016.
The USS Hornet Museum will host several musical performances to welcome the fleet to San Francisco Bay on Friday, Oct 7. Headlining the event is the USO Show Troupe which presents performers with extensive stage, film and television credits. Other performers include The Swingin’ Blue Stars, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, RockSkool by HFT Rocks, DJ Tom LG and The USS Hornet Band. Doors open at 1 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit www.uss-hornet.org.
The USS Hornet Museum has named Ray A. Fortney as chairman of its board of trustees and the Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation (ACHF). Fortney is taking over for retiring chairman, Jon Stanley. Fortney has sat on the Hornet’s board for six years and, for the last four months, he served the museum at its interim chief executive officer