Boston National Historic Park, and USS Constitution Museum commemorate 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Boston National Historic Park, USS Constitution and the USS Constitution Museum were scheduled to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in front of the USS Cassin Young Tuesday, December 7.

The commemoration at Pier 1 in the Charlestown Navy Yard was open to the public and was streamed on USS Constitution’s Facebook Live yesterday (

The live stream included a ceremony, a wreath laying aboard USS Cassin Young dedicated to the brave Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the attack and a gun salute from USS Constitution concluding the commemoration at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Refreshments were be provided during the event with a lunch provided after courtesy of the City of Boston’s Office of Veterans Services.

USS Cassin Young is named in honor of Captain Cassin Young, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack.

Built for speed and capability, USS Cassin Young engaged in seven Pacific battles in World War II, survived two Kamikaze hits, and served another full decade beyond her expected lifetime.

Maintained by the National Park Service and an army of dedicated Park volunteers, Cassin Young remains to this day as a testament to the crews who sailed her, and the men and women who built and maintained her.

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and those associated with her. 

The Museum is currently open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center is currently open on a modified schedule. Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 1 pm; 2 pm – 4:30 pm.

USS Constitution’s current hours for public visitation are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat and played a crucial role in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855.

The active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.

USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents.

The ship earned the nickname of Old Ironsides during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the ship’s wooden hull.

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