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Historical flag to be rededicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11

An observance of Veterans Day will take place at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the University Chapel and will include the rededication of a flag that flew on the USS Princeton until it went down during a World War II battle 60 years ago.

The USS Princeton, an Independence class small carrier, was the fourth of six U.S. Navy ships to bear that name. Built in Camden, N.J., it was launched on Oct. 18, 1942, and commissioned on Feb. 25, 1943. The ship's flag was presented to the University by charter trustee James Forrestal, a member of the class of 1915, when he was secretary of the Navy in 1944-45.

The flag had hung in the chapel's Marquand Transept for many years, and later was moved to the crypt. Recently, the 50-by-29-inch, 48-star flag was sent to a restorer in Pennsylvania.

All veterans and other members of the University community are welcome to attend the event, which is intended to honor the memory of veterans in general and, in particular, Princeton alumni, faculty and staff who served and died in the nation's wars.

More information is available in the Weekly Bulletin.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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