FOR SOME TIME NOW WE HAVE BEEN PLANNING THE 2017 USS FORRESTAL NORTHERN VIRGINIA REUNION AND 50TH MEMORIAL CEREMONY TO HONOR OUR 134 SHIPMATES THAT DIED THAT TRAGIC DAY.
WE ARE REACHING OUT TO YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE AWARE OF OUR PLANS. WE HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND.
Ceremony Date: Saturday July 29 2017
0820 Bus muster and loading will begin at the Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel
0845 Buses depart from Hyatt Regency Dulles Hotel
0940 Buses arrival at Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater.
The 50th FORRESTAL Memorial site is the Amphitheater and
USS FORRESTAL Grave site 556-7-8 in Section 46.
1000-1015 Ceremony Begins:
The Memorial Ceremony will be a traditional Naval Memorial Ceremony
that will consist of Naval Honor Guard, Invocation, singing of the National
Anthem, Guest Speaker, Bell Ceremony (Reading of the names of our Fallen
Shipmates), Reading of Captain's Prayer, Bagpiper, and playing of taps,
Benediction, Singing of God Bless America) After the ceremony inside the
Amphitheater we will walk to the FORRESTAL Gravesite (short distance).
At the grave site we will conduct a ceremony, prayers, and bagpiper to
honor those 18 Shipmates whose name appears on the grave stone.
Then back on the buses and on to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for
Wreath Laying ceremony and prayers. Then back on the bus and return to
"FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE 50th MEMORIAL CEREMONY,
IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED THAT ALL ATTENDEES TAKE
THE BUS FROM REUNION HOTEL" THE BUSES WILL GIVE DIRECT
ACCESS TO BOTH LOCATIONS WITHOUT HAVING TO FIGHT TRAFFIC, SECURITY,
AND PARKING ISSUES AT BOTH LOCATIONS".
If you plan on attending the 50th Ceremony or Reunion, let us know by downloading and submitting the 2017 USS FORRESTAL ASSOCIATION NORTHERN VIRGINIA REUNION REGISTRATION FORM AND Tour description sheet found in the link below.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE
2017 USS FORRESTAL REUNION REGISTRATION FORM
USS FORRESTAL Association, Inc.