October 2, 2015
As part of the 67th Annual USS Yorktown Association Reunion, former crew members will hold a memorial service to remember their shipmates who have died, particularly over the past year. The service will be held on the USS Yorktown in Hangar Bay I.
October 1, 2015 – October 3, 2015
Former crew members of the USS YORKTOWN will reunite on the aircraft carrier from October 1-3, 2015 for the 67th Annual USS Yorktown Association Reunion. USS Yorktown crew and/or family members should register for the event through the USS Yorktown Association. For more information, contact the Association at 843.849.1928.
Most events require prior registration. However, a memorial service on Friday, October 2nd and a “Meet & Greet” on Saturday, October 3rd are open to the public. See the event pages for those specific events for more information.
September 19, 2015
YOGAPOP is all about yoga, music, & fun! We bring together hundreds of yogis (of all levels) in celebration of our vibrant community with light-hearted and whimsical days of fun. No single event is the same; the theme, teacher, musician, and entertainment change each time.
What doesn’t change? Our mission to inspire & delight the yogi within all of us!
Join us for YOGAPOP 5: PLAY on Saturday, September 19th for a festival-style edition at the Grove at Patriots Point complete with multiple yoga classes, mini workshops, live music, and tons of community fun for all ages!
September 11, 2015
The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a remembrance ceremony on September 11th for the nearly 3,000 victims killed during the terrorist attacks on the United States 14 years ago. The free, 30-minute ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. aboard the USS YORKTOWN.
Former New York City Fire Department First Responder Chevalo Wilsondebriano will be featured as a guest speaker. A highly decorated FDNY Paramedic for 25 years, Wilsondebriano will reflect on the terrifying moments he and his fellow first-responders faced on that morning and the days to come, and how their bravery became a symbol of our nation’s united efforts to come together and rebuild.
The ceremony will also feature singer-songwriter Michael Allen who co-authored “United Through It All” – a song arranged for military bands to perform in dozens of concerts across the country in the wake of the attack.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page will officiate the remembrance ceremony. In addition to the guest speakers, a wreath will be cast in Charleston Harbor and a bell will be rung in honor of all 9/11 victims.
There will be no charge for admission or parking for those attending the event.
August 14, 2015
Join us for a symposium to discuss the Montagnard tribes in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and their importance to the U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War. Green Beret veterans and Montagnard refugees will share their unique perspectives on their experiences and discuss how this wartime assistance led to lifelong friendships.
During the Vietnam War, the Green Berets of the U.S. Army befriended and enlisted the help of the Montagnard tribes in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. This area was deemed critical by the U.S. to victory in Vietnam and more than 61,000 Montagnards enlisted in the Civilian Irregular Defense Groups. Nearly a third of those fought alongside Americans in mobile strike forces, saving American lives and forming life-long friendships. The Montagnards were the secret Vietnam warriors of the U.S. Green Berets and since the end of the war, the United States has given the tribe refugee status. Many Vietnam veterans have helped the Montagnard people flee to our country.
June 22, 2015
On Monday, June 22, at 7 p.m. the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a free ceremony to dedicate the museum’s Huey helicopter 66-15005 to the memory of Army Specialist Four Kenneth Plavcan, who was killed in action while onboard the aircraft on Oct. 1, 1968 in the Vietnam War. Plavcan was 21 years old.
The event will be held near the helicopter, which is now located in the Vietnam Experience exhibit landside of the Charleston harbor. The event is free and open to the public. Museum staff and volunteers recently discovered that Kenneth Plavcan paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving on the exact helicopter that is now part of our museum. Members of Plavcan’s family will attend the ceremony and watch as the Huey is officially dedicated in memory of their loved one.
After his death, Plavcan was awarded the Army’s Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal (first through seventeenth Oak Leaf Cluster), and a Commendation Medal with “V” Device for his heroic actions that saved the lives of his helicopter crew and the ground troops he was asked to protect during his final combat assault mission.
Plavcan was raised in Parma, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army in January 1966 and was sent to Vietnam in May 1967. Just days before he was killed, Plavcan had volunteered to serve an additional six months in the war.
April 24, 2015
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and the USS Yorktown Foundation welcome all Vietnam veterans, and those who wish to honor their service, to The Welcome Home Party You Never Got. On April 24th, 2015 from 7:00-10:30 PM, celebrate our Vietnam veterans and thank them for their service to this country.
When our veterans returned from Vietnam, very few honored them. On April 24th, everyone is invited to join us for this long overdue celebration, which includes:
- Live music from the 1960s and 1970s by The Explorers Club
- Barbecue dinner, wine, and beer. Liquor available for purchase.
- Access to the new and interactive Vietnam Experience Exhibit, spanning over 2.5 acres, landside of the USS YORKTOWN
- Free parking
Tickets are now SOLD OUT!!
April 17, 2015
We will breakdown the first major battle between the United States Army and the People’s Army of Vietnam/North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Battle of Ia Drang Valley took place between November 14 and November 18, 1965 and involved close air support by U.S. aircraft and a strategic bombing strike by B-52s.
Veterans of the 1st of the 7th Cavalry will participate in this symposium as part of their 50th anniversary reunion. These heroic men and their wives will discuss their memories of this battle from the front lines and at home. The 7th Cavalry of the US Army was the focus of the 2002 movie “We Were Soldiers” — that was based on the book, “We Were Soldiers Once…And Young,” written by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway (both of whom were right in the heat of the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley). The veterans at the symposium will talk about the movie and how accurately, or not, it portrayed the actual events of that time.
March 5, 2015
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the month-long Battle of Iwo Jima that ended in March 1945. The iconic photo of the U.S. Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima remains one of the most remembered images of World War II. We will discuss this important battle and the impact it had on the American and allied victory in World War II. The only surviving Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima, Herschel “Woody” Williams, will be with us to discuss his memories of the battle along with other Iwo Jima survivors.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the veterans.
February 6, 2015
As part of Black History Month, local author and Charleston County Councilman Henry E. Darby will discuss his book, Liberty Hill’s Vietnam Fighting Men. During the Vietnam War, a disproportionate number of residents of the small community of Liberty Hill, South Carolina served their country in Vietnam. Of the 64 who served, eight were killed in action. His book voices the experiences of four of the veterans from Liberty Hill and shows the tremendous contribution this small community made to our nation.