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Battleship TEXAS Celebrates Christening Centennial

On the opening weekend of the Hollywood blockbuster “Battleship” come be a part of history as we celebrate the centennial of the launching of the nation’s oldest battleship.

Battleship TEXAS was launched May 18, web 1912 and will be celebrating 100 years afloat with a cake cutting ceremony on May 19 at 2 p.m. aboard the ship in La Porte. The crew asks visitors to confirm their attendance by calling the ship at 281-479-2431.

“We are so proud to celebrate this monumental occasion,” said Andy Smith, ship manager.

No other battleship has celebrated their centennial, and we hope our dedication to preserving this national treasure will honor the memories and stories of the men who served aboard this vessel.”

The ceremony will be about half an hour and will feature a cake cutting by Emma Ward, the great-great granddaughter of the original woman to christen the first battleship and a keynotes speech on veterans and their families by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

After the 30 minute ceremony the Texas Army will give a munitions salute with three cannons onboard the ship and an artillery piece and muskets on shore.-[source]

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