Nauticus To Unveil Tribute Wall for U.S. Troops

On Monday, October 10, at 11 a.m., rain or shine, the public is invited to attend the unveiling of a special tribute wall on the riverfront deck surrounding the Battleship Wisconsin. The 24-foot-long chalkboard is entitled “A NOTE TO OUR TROOPS.” Visitors will be encouraged to write a note of gratitude or appreciation to those men and women serving in the armed forces. This first-of-its-kind troop memorial wall will allow grateful citizens and families of service members to record their thoughts. The messages will be photographed and catalogued on the Nauticus website, www.nauticus.org.

“This is our great privilege,” said Hank Lynch, executive director of Nauticus. “We encourage everyone to record their thanks, thoughts and prayers for troops serving at home and abroad. There is no better way of celebrating Fleet Week Hampton Roads 2011”

Through November 23, visitors can record their comments at no cost each day (depending on the weather), from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. On Friday, November 11 (Veterans Day), all service members and their families will receive free admission to Nauticus to view a special photographic exhibit of the notes left behind.

For more information, please contact Beth Bilderback at (757) 664-1017.