The War is Over & the Boys are Coming Home
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SS Red Oak Victory | 1337 Canal Blvd, Richmond CA 94804
Submitted by the Event Organizer
The end of World War II in August, 1945 found hundreds of thousands of US soldiers, sailors, and Marines overseas. A massive effort was needed to move them all home. That effort, Operation Magic Carpet, involved ships of all sizes and types, including Victory Ships like the Red Oak Victory.
On October 17 we will celebrate and commemorate Operation Magic Carpet with a musical and historical fundraiser benefiting the Red Oak Victory. The Lovin’ Harmony Trio will perform beginning at 1:30 pm followed by the George Cole Quartet. World War II military artifacts and both civilian and military vehicles will be on display next to the Red Oak Victory. And, of course, the main attraction is the ship herself which will be open for tours of the outside decks throughout the day.
Bring a picnic lunch which you can consume on the deck of the Red Oak Victory. While it is not required, we encourage those who can to come in 1940s civilian or military attire. And, if you bring an authentic 40s picnic or military rations for your lunch, we’ll have prizes for the best presentations!
Our historical preservation partners such as the Richmond Museum of History, USS Hornet, The Rosie the Riveter Trust, and Spirit of 45 will have informational booths dockside. We’ll have Red Oak Victory clothing and souvenirs available for sale as well.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 5-12 years old. Children under 5 are free. If you bring a 1940s vehicle to exhibit, you can purchase two tickets to the event for only $10 each. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will sell only100 adult tickets for this event. Tickets will be available at the door but because we’re only selling 100, we recommend you buy your tickets online. Masks and social distancing will be required.