Heritage Exhibit becomes a Reality

After three long years of dedication and 13,766 man-hours by the five-person USS Albany Heritage committee, the Heritage Exhibit at long last, was dedicated on 2 September 1993.

Dignitaries onboard were Capt. Jay Schortt, (USN Ret), who acted as Master of Ceremony for the event, Father Connall Coughlin, (Captain USN Ret) who provided the invocation, Cmdr. Joseph Welenc, (USN Ret) who conducted the piping ceremony, and former Commanding Officer Capt. Darl Anderson representing the current USS Albany.  The Melvin Roads American Legion post served as honor guard.  Capt. Anderson was the main speaker and cut the ribbon at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Speakers included a representative for the City of Albany, Ed Decker from the WW II US Submarine Veterans Hudson/Mohawk Chapter, Kingston NY. who also built and presented an encased model of the SSN 753 and a presentation of plaques by shipmates of the USS Albany SSN 753

The event attracted approximately 200 guests. Those in attendance included the Visitors Center staff, local businesses, local Navy Sea Cadets division, the USS Albany Association members and local media representatives.