Queen Mary offers free World War II tribute on Thursday

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The Queen Mary will hold a free post Memorial Day salute to all our World War 2 veterans. The festive event will feature a WW2 flyover and demonstration above the ship by a restored North American AT-6/SNJ trainer piloted by longtime aviator, John Colliver.

Enjoy the exhilarating sound of  War Dog buzzing over the Queen Mary deck. The Queen’s Salon will host WWII re-enactors with historic memorabilia displays as well as Queen Mary WWII video screenings.

Visitors can meet The California Historical Group as they roam the ship in period uniforms. Then enjoy the popular tunes of the 30s and 40s brought to life by swing dancers and vocalists performing on the Verandah Deck.

Admission to the ship and WWII Salute is free after 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 1. Activities continue until 8 p.m., with musical acts from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the airshow at 5:30 p.m.

Glory Days Tour and new 4D Theater Movie will be $5. Parking is only $10 flat rate after 3 p.m.

While you’re there, delve into the ship’s expansive past, including her groundbreaking construction, her time as a troopship during WWII and of course, her glory days as the world’s most luxurious and technologically advanced ocean liner.

As World War II started, the Queen Mary’s transformation into a troopship had begun. She was painted a camouflaged grey color and stripped of her luxurious amenities. Dubbed the “Grey Ghost” because of her stealth and stark color, the Queen Mary was the largest and fastest troopship to sail, capable of transporting as many as 16,000 troops at 30 knots.

The Glory Days Historical Tour is full of interesting anecdotes, fun facts and compelling true-stories about the legendary Queen Mary, including her service during WWII. Guests can learn the incredible true story of The Queen Mary’s involvement in WWII and how she played a pivotal role in guiding the Allied Forces to victory.

Nicknamed the “Grey Ghost” after receiving a hauntingly stark paint job, the ship’s impressive speed and size made it an ideal troop hauler often carrying as many as 16,683 men in a single voyage.  During her tour of duty, the Queen Mary set various world records for speed and cargo adding another layer to her already impressive tapestry of work.

After the end of WWII, the Queen Mary began a 10-month retrofitting process, which would return the ship to her original glory. On July 21, 1947, the Queen Mary resumed regular passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean, and continued to do so for nearly two more decades.

 

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