Veterans of USS VI Requin Base to lead ceremony aboard Cold War-era submarine
On May 25, 2014 the Carnegie Science Center will honor veterans with a special memorial while veterans of the USS VI Requin Base will host a ceremony from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the submarine itself. The USS Requin is docked on the Ohio River directly behind the Carnegie Science Center.
During the ceremony, veterans of the Requin Base will toll the bell once for each submarine that is on “Eternal Patrol” while casting flower petals on the water so that they can travel down the rivers of this great nation and to the oceans where fellow submariners are at rest. In conclusion the Marine Color Guard from Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310 and the VFW Post 9199 Honor Guard will perform a gun salute.
After the ceremony all visitors will be encouraged to tour the Requin to see how life was conducted on the submarine with all the daily challenges that the crew dealt with. Admission to the submarine will be free all day. Carnegie Science Center will be open throughout Memorial Weekend including Monday, May 26. All active military personnel and veterans receive an ongoing discount to the center. For details, go to www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
“This memorial allows our visitors to witness submarine history first-hand,” said Patty Rogers, curator of Historic Exhibits at the Science Center. “At the Science Center, not only are we presenting the science, technology and unique engineering of submarines, but we are offering a rare glimpse into the lives of submariners. The memorial ceremony is very moving to witness.”
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Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities and special events.