Are you a history buff????  Well this weekend you can go back in time and tour a real World War II ship.

Grand Opening Ceremony Scheduled for April 9th & 10th, 2011!

It has been a long and exhausting year since the USS ORLECK left Orange, Texas and arrived at her new berth in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is a distinguished and honorable veteran who was in much need of care and restoration, but through the dedicated and tireless hands of our volunteers, she is in the final stages of preparation as an official U.S. Naval museum.

As we come to the completion of her initial museum stage, we are proud to announce our official Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th and 10th, 2011!

Saturday, April 9th: Our agenda will include doors opening at 5:00pm for media representatives and guests to take pictures and tour the ship prior to the ceremony events. The official opening ceremony will begin at 7:00pm with a number of presentations, acknowledgments, ship demonstrations, and celebration events.

Invited guests will enjoy live music, with light refreshments and cocktails, while mingling among local, state, and national sponsors, politicians, and civilian and military dignitaries.

*Saturday's event is by invitation only due to security and space restrictions. Invited guests are required to respond in advance due to limited occupancy restrictions. (Minors under the age of 21 are restricted from attending unless as a participant in the ceremony events.)

Sunday, April 10th: Grand Opening ceremonies will continue on Sunday, April 10th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, and will be open to the public with events geared toward family and children activities.

Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be provided for the first 1,000 visitors and all admission passes will be half price. Visitors will be encouraged to purchase annual memberships for free visitation all year around. Visitors will also be briefed about our special event and overnight-stay packages, and receive 25% off reservations if booked the day of the grand opening event.

For more information about the Grand Opening, please call our office at (337) 433-4083.

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