The USS Slater is set to celebrate Destroyer Escort Day with a ceremony at 9 am on Saturday, June 19th. Destroyer Escort Day celebrates all Destroyer Escorts and their sailors as well as honor those who were lost in action.
Over 150,000 men served in destroyer escorts during the Second World War and through the Vietnam War. Several of these veterans will be present to remember their lost shipmates. USS Slater, a National Historic Landmark, is believed to be the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America.
All who attend the ceremony will gain free admittance to the newly opened Collections Space. This space is filled with museum artifacts donated from Destroyer Escort sailors and their families.
The ceremony will feature Destroyer Escort Veteran and Signalman Ted, who will demonstrate and teach Morse Code and Semaphore.
Admission for tours of USS Slater is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children, and free for children under 5 years old. Guided tours start every 30 minutes, no reservations are required. USS Slater is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, through Sunday November 28th. The ship is located in Downtown Albany at the intersection of Broadway and Quay Street.
Photo of USS Slater provided.