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Contact: Stephanie Meckler, 925-228-8860 ext. 6424
Contact: Brian Holt (East Bay Regional Park District), 510-544-2623
Contact: Keith Kamisugi (Friends of Port Chicago), 415-874-5550
National Park Service, East Bay Regional Park District and Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial Partner to Commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of the Port Chicago Explosion and Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial
Join the National Park Service, East Bay Regional Park District, and Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial to honor the 320 men who lost their lives in the largest WWII military disaster on the home front and to celebrate the future of the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial. This event will celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service and highlight the future Visitor Center planned jointly by the National Park Service and East Bay Regional Park District at the future Concord Hills Regional Park.
Visitors are invited to attend the ceremony at 3:30 pm on Sunday July 17, 2016 at the site of the future Visitor Center in the planned Concord Hills Regional Park. This jointly operated facility will commemorate the Port Chicago catastrophe which occurred on July 17, 1944 at Port Chicago Naval Magazine in Concord, CA when two ships being loaded with ammunition exploded. This event is an opportunity for friends, family, and others interested in the Port Chicago disaster and its aftermath to join together in a day of remembrance and an opportunity to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service and visit the site of the planned Concord Hills Regional Park.
Visitors will be shuttled to the site from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART parking lot. Visitors with disabilities and those requiring special assistance will be permitted to park onsite. Tickets are free, but visitors are asked to register at portchicago72.eventbrite.com.