Join the National Park Service and the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial to honor the three hundred twenty men who lost their lives in the biggest military disaster on the home front during WWII. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday July 21, 2012 at the site of the explosion, which occurred on the night of July 17, 1944, at Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, California.
Following the ceremony, all visitors are welcomed to attend a short ranger-led program, and a screening of a brand new documentary film on Port Chicago. There will also be an opportunity to share stories and learn more about the explosion, the desegregation of the military, and the birth of the civil rights movement in our country.
Because the event will be held on an active military base, all visitors must have reservations and a security check. Visitors age 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult, but the information below does not need to be reported. When reserving your spot, please be ready to provide:
- First and Last Name
- Date of Birth
- E-Mail or Mailing Address
- Daytime phone number
- The identification number of a government issue ID, e.g. driver’s license, state issued ID
Reservations are required and must be made by July 7, 2012. To make a reservation, please leave a voicemail message at 925-228-8860 x. 6520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your reservation will be confirmed when you receive an acknowledgement from NPS staff. For more information on the event, visit http://nps.gov/poch.