A historic space to honor veterans of past and present.
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By Lillian La Salle
On Veterans Day, the Bay Area’s own Alameda County celebrated its veterans at the USS Hornet Museum, which celebrated its 80th year of being commissioned by the United States Navy as an Essex-class aircraft carrier, as well as its 25th year of being made a museum. The ceremony honored veterans and all those who worked to maintain the Hornet and consisted of a wreath laying, a flyover, and a number of different speakers. An NBC Bay Area news report stated that speakers included East Bay Congresswoman Barbara Lee as well as Retired Rear Admiral Jonathan Yuen, who spoke about the accomplished veterans and the great milestones the USS Hornet represented for the United States. According to the Air Museum Guide, the USS Hornet (CV-12) has lots of history, including helping with WWII, the moon landing, holding historic aircrafts and helicopters, and honoring the prior USS Hornet (CV-8) which sank during the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands in 1942. The rich history of past engineering masterpieces are housed in this massive ship, and the public is strongly encouraged to tour and learn more about the American Navy, and others who worked to maintain the ship. Other exhibits include daily logs and photos of pilots who used to fly from the Hornet during WWII between 1944 to 1945. This ship acts as a time capsule honoring all those who made sacrifices during their service to America. With this upcoming holiday season let us keep these veterans in our thoughts, and if you are in the Bay area be sure to stop by the new Hornet Museum to witness the amazing exhibits it has to offer.
Madison Sciba '24,