Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2023

36 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com Mount Pleasant’s local historical treasure, the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, has plenty to celebrate. On April 15, the organization celebrated the 80th anniversary of the USS Yorktown’s commissioning in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1943 with its “The Fighting Lady Turns 80” event. The aircraft carrier was nicknamed “The Fighting Lady” by her crew during World War II. Staff, volunteers and curators at Patriot’s Point have worked tirelessly to preserve both the ship and her stories over the decades. At the recent event, children and families enjoyed hands-on learning activities, guided tours, trivia, music, face painting and a ceremonious birthday cake. Guests also had the special opportunity to meet veterans who served aboard the Fighting Lady and to hear their stories. A new, temporary exhibition launched at the celebration entitled “All Who Served: The Uniforms of World War II.” Through July 16, guests can see over 20 uniforms and other clothing articles representing each branch of the military. The Charleston Museum, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the National Museum of the U.S. Army and the Charleston Air Force Base all provided generous loans to this special exhibition. The BY HEATHER ROSE ARTUSH I N FightingLady USS Yorktown turns 80; Patriots Point names first lady