Veterans Free Aboard American Victory Ship on Memorial Day

Come visit a WWII treasure and honor and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019. Active duty military and veterans receive free admission with ID. The American Victory Ship and Museum will also celebrate extended hours from 10am-5pm.

Special observances will take place throughout the day, including commemorative flag raisings. These souvenir flags are accompanied with an official certificate and available for purchase. A portion of proceeds on Memorial Day benefits American Gold Star Mothers Inc., Tampa Bay.

Limited complimentary parking is available at ship, and additional parking is available in the Florida Aquarium Parking Lot, the Channelside Parking Garage, or other surrounding surface lots.

About the American Victory Ship and Museum:

Built in 1945, the SS American Victory voyaged around the world delivering crucial cargo during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Today, the ship is one of only four operational World War II merchant steamships in the U.S. The SS American Victory provides daily educational tours, serves as a training site for firefighters, law enforcement officers, active and reserve military and working dogs, hosts special events, and benefits from memberships, donations and corporate sponsorships.

Since the SS American Victory arrived in Tampa in September 1999, dedicated volunteers have invested over 1,000,000 hours to restore, maintain and operate the vessel. The American Victory Ship and Museum receives no city, state, federal or tax dollar financial support. It relies heavily on private donations, grassroots efforts, and sincere dedication from its group of committed volunteers. The American Victory Ship and Museum is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. The ship is located in the Water Street District, directly behind The Florida Aquarium.

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