ALAMEDA, CA — May , 2012 — A special Memorial Day tribute honoring veterans past and present will take place onboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet beginning at 1 p.m., Monday, May 28. And will include a memorial wreath ceremony and parade. A National Historic Landmark, the USS Hornet is one of the most decorated ships of the U.S. Navy. The Hornet is berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, in Alameda.

Among the day’s events will include an invocation by retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Chaplain John Berger followed by a keynote speech by CDR James Ridgway, Commanding Officer Naval Operational Support Center in Alameda.

There will also be performances by The Hornet Band, The Young American Patriots Fife & Drum Corps, and a presentation of Colors by the Boy Scouts of America beginning at 11 a.m.

“We invite all veterans and families of military members to join us on this very special day to honor the men and women who have unselfishly defended our country’s freedom,” said USS Hornet CEO and U.S. Navy Capt. Randall Ramian, Supply Corps (Naval Reserve). “This is the 12th year we have held this special ceremony onboard the Hornet, and it is our privilege and honor to do so.”

Before and after the ceremony, visitors are invited to explore the many decks of the ship from the Captain’s Bridge to Engine Room. The numerous exhibits include 13 Navy and Marine aircraft, ranging from WWII vintage to modern era, and the West Coast’s largest Apollo Moon Mission display. In essence, families can experience naval history and space exploration firsthand with authentic aircraft, Apollo exhibit and flight simulator.

Tours of the ship will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 with Military I.D., and $6 for kids.