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Visit Battleship North Carolina in May

The All-Service Color Guard hold flags while the Second Marine Division Band plays during the recognition of the armed forces at the 45th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington Monday, May 31, 2010. For a gallery of photos from the event go to www.StarNewsOnline.com.     Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

The All-Service Color Guard hold flags while the Second Marine Division Band plays during the recognition of the armed forces at the 45th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington Monday, May 31, 2010. Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

May 16, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$40* per person. $35* for Friends members or active military.
*plus tax

As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those battleships that followed. Hampered by treaty restrictions, naval architects still managed to weave the various ship systems together into an efficient and elegant naval weapons system – the first battleship constructed in sixteen years. LtCol Ken Rittenmeyer, USAF (Ret) will provide participants with an insightful afternoon program explaining these various shipboard systems – armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc. – that make NORTH CAROLINA an effective warship and how they are skillfully incorporated into this engineering wonder. A one-hour presentation followed by a two-hour shipboard exploration comprise this engaging program.

The tour is limited to 12 participants age 18 and older. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Water and light snack provided. Registration and payment are due by Thursday, May 14th. Tour is $40/$35 plus tax for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call 910-251-5797 extension 3001 for reservations.

50th Annual Memorial Day Observance
May 25, 2015
Time: 5:45 pm

On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, at 5:45 pm, people of all generations from across the State will gather together on the deck of the Battleship to pay their respects. This moving and meaningful ceremony includes Duke Ladd Music performing military and patriotic arrangements. The Battleship is honored this year to have guest speakers Major General Gregory A. Lusk, Adjutant General, North Carolina National Guard, and Senator Richard Burr. The Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event.

USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association Annual Crew Reunion
May 27th – 30th, 2015

The crew of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and their families return for their annual reunion. Reunion activities open only to those registered for the events. However, the public is cordially invited to attend the Battleship crew’s annual memorial service on Saturday, May 30 at 10am on the Battleship’s fantail (back deck). For information, contact museum@battleshipnc.com or call 910-251-5797.

Summer Hours

Starting Friday before Memorial Day, May 22, 2015, going through Labor Day, September 7, 2015, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be open 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with the last ticket sold one hour before closing.

Montel Williams named Grand Marshal of Myrtle Beach 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade

United States Navy veteran and television personality Montel Williams will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Weekend Parade on Ocean Boulevard. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, and is a highlight of the community’s Military Appreciation Days each May. The month-long celebration is a “thank you” to our dedicated service men and women, past and present – along with their families – for all that they do on our behalf.

montelAs Grand Marshal, Montel Williams will lead the Ocean Boulevard parade, then greet fans afterward at the Military Appreciation Days Family Picnic, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North. Everyone’s invited to enjoy the festivities, which include military exhibits and live music from the Andrew Thielen Big Band. The picnic lunch, prepared by the Omar Chefs Shriners, is free for active-duty military, veterans and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

The Military Appreciation Days Committee is excited to have Montel Williams as Grand Marshal. “Committee members sought a celebrity with a military background, and Montel Williams is a dynamic choice,” said Mark Kruea, Myrtle Beach’s public information officer. “Not only did he serve, but he still supports our veterans and their families, has traveled to Afghanistan to meet with front-line troops, and looks for ways to give back to the military.”

Williams is perhaps best known as host of The Montel Williams Show, which ran for 17 years, but that fame followed 15 years of active duty service in the U.S. military. Williams enlisted in the Marines after high school in 1976, graduated from boot camp at Parris Island and was sent to Desert Warfare Training in California. Impressed with the young platoon guide, his supervisors recommended him to the Naval Academy Prep School.

After prep school, Williams attended the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1980 with an engineering degree and a minor in International Security Affairs. Beginning his Navy career as a midshipman, he served in intelligence and cryptology. Williams was stationed in Guam, California and Maryland, including three years aboard submarines, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He received two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and other citations.

While in the military, Williams discovered a gift for public speaking, counseling his crew and service members’ families. He was asked to speak to young people about the importance of leadership and overcoming obstacles, which led to a national tour. In 1989, he left active duty service to pursue motivational speaking full-time, and that ultimately led to his TV talk show. He retired as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy Reserve after 22 years of service.

Entries are being accepted now for the Memorial Day Weekend Parade. Interested groups and businesses will find materials on-line at www.militaryappreciationdays.com.

Another highlight of Military Appreciation Days is a visit from a traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The Wall that Heals will be on display around the clock, May 14-18, at Grand Park near The Market Common. “Reading the names, searching for and remembering a lost friend or family member, is extremely moving,” Kruea added. “It’s such a simple, yet powerful memorial.”

Myrtle Beach area attractions, accommodations and restaurants also are offering military and veteran discounts during the month of May. In addition to the big parade and picnic, other activities during Military Appreciation Days include a 5K walk/run and the traditional Memorial Day ceremony on the Convention Center Plaza.

Visit www.militaryappreciationdays.com for more information. Military Appreciation Days is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA, LLC.