Something really special happened over 50 years ago, as a statewide campaign by citizens of North Carolina worked to save the ship bearing this state’s name from going to the scrap yard.
I’ve heard stories of school kids across this state contributing nickels and dimes. The Save Our Ship campaign was successful and the Battleship arrived in her current berth in October, 1961.
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a powerful symbol of our gratitude, pride and honor for those who served in World War II and for all who have served and are serving in our nation’s armed forces.
It’s hard to believe, but construction of that ship started nearly 80 years ago. And with anything that old and exposed to the elements, upkeep is critical. The hull of the ship is in need of repair. Breaches have been patched. But the once mighty steel is now paper thin in several places.
Many of us didn’t have a chance to participate in the Save Our Ship campaign, but we can participate in the current Generations Campaign. It’s a call to all hands on deck to actively support this treasured monument as a powerful place to share our history and honor those who served.
Please join me in donating. Text the word “Battleship” to 41444 or visit battleshipnc.com to donate.
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