Queen Mary Honors Servicemen with WWII Salute and Patriotic Air Show: Free Admission and Public Event – June 1


The Queen Mary continues a lifetime of public service this Memorial Day with an impressive salute to those of the Greatest Generation having served in WWII. A highlight of the day’s events will be a ‘WARBIRD’ Fly-over and aerial demonstration above the ship.


The June 1st WWII Salute serves as a timely reminder of a crucially significant period in history and those who lived it. The Queen Mary served as a troopship during WWII. With the nickname ‘Grey Ghost” she safely ferried over 800,000 Allied personnel to war fronts across the globe. Nazi U-boat Commanders desperately sought to collect the bounty placed on the Queen Mary; none came close. The Memorial Day program is part of the Queen Mary’s ongoing Community Service Salon Series.


Joining war re-enactors and others on the ship that day will be “War Dog” – a restored North American AT-6/SNJ WWII trainer piloted by longtime aviator, John Collver. The AT-6 was central to most air combat training programs and this magnificent restored plane will perform its combat ballet at 5:30PM just a few hundred feet above the Queen Mary’s decks. At over 200MPH – the sound of a war-bird passing hard and fast overhead is something to hear and feel!


The Queen’s Salon, where Bob Hope once debuted his wartime comedy routines, will host WWII re-enactors, present historic memorabilia displays and Queen Mary WWII video screenings. Guests can interact with The California Historical Group as they roam the ship outfitted in WWII uniforms or enjoy the popular tunes of the 30s and 40s brought to life by swing dancers and vocalists performing on the Verandah Deck.


Admission to the ship and WWII Salute will be complimentary after 3PM on June 1. Queen’s Salon activities run 3PM-8PM, Musical Acts from 3:30PM-7:30PM and Airshow at 5:30PM. Glory Days Tour and new 4D Theater Movie will be $5. Parking $10 after 3PM.  Cash bar and food concessions will be available for purchase on the Promenade Deck.


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