National Park Service, East Bay Regional Park District and Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial Commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of the Port Chicago Explosion and Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial
Thank you so much for making plans to join us today, Sunday, July 17, 2016, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Port Chicago explosion in Concord, Calif.
We’re honored to have U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier among our special guests!
This is a reminder that guests are only able to access the event through shuttle buses running from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station. There will not be access to the site by private vehicle. When you arrive at the BART station, walk to the bus loading area where you will be assisted by park rangers.
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
COMMEMORATING THE PAST – ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
Sunday, July 17, 2016
3:30 PM to 8:00 PM
3:30 PM Shuttle service starts from Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station
5:00 PM Public commemoration begins
6:30 PM Shuttle service recommences to Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station
8:00 PM Event concludes
The shuttle buses will run a continuous loop to and from the BART Station until right before the program begins at 5pm. The shuttles will begin again when the program ends.
TIPS: Please dress for an outdoor event located on rough, uneven terrain. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended. Consider bringing a sun hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle as well. It looks like we’ll be granted beautiful weather with temperatures reaching the low 80s with light wind.
On July 17, we will honor the 320 men who lost their lives in the largest WWII military disaster on the home front and celebrate the future of the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial.
The ceremony takes place at the site of the future Visitor Center in the planned Concord Hills Regional Park. This jointly operated facility will commemorate the Port Chicago catastrophe which occurred on July 17, 1944 at Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, Calif., when two ships being loaded with ammunition exploded.
This event will also celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service and highlight the future Visitor Center planned jointly by the National Park Service and East Bay Regional Park District at the future Concord Hills Regional Park.
This event is an opportunity for friends, family, and others interested in the Port Chicago disaster and its aftermath to join together in a day of remembrance and an opportunity to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service and visit the site of the planned Concord Hills Regional Park.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT
THE FRIENDS OF PORT CHICAGO NATIONAL MEMORIAL
May 7 Film Screening of
The Port Chicago Mutiny: The Real Story
(One hour CLE credit available)
The Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial exists to support the park, promote the history of and increase access to the Port Chicago Memorial. Please make a donation to support our efforts!
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In this photo, Congressman George Miller joins Friends of Port Chicago Memorial board president Rev. Diana McDaniel, and The Port Chicago Mutiny author Dr. Robert L. Allen in cutting the ribbon during the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial Park Dedication and Commemoration event on July 17, 2010 (photo via Congressman Miller).