Welcome to Galveston!
Veterans, family and our guests met at the
Four Points Sheraton in Galveston, Texas.
The event was held June 10 - 13, 2021. Guests were greeted by organizers Michael Trotta, James Raymond, and Paul Bentley at the check-in desk where they received a welcome gift that included an etched pillsner glass, event and veteran lapel pins, a bottle opener (provided by sponsor Leinenkeugel's and Shiner Beer), can koozies and a treat provided by Paul's Perfect Pralines.
Guests were surprised when Galveston's own City Mayor, Dr. Craig Brown, dropped by to issue an official proclamation for
USS JOHN YOUNG VETERANS DAY (June 10th)!!
The group travelled via tour bus to the Galveston Naval Museum where a memorial service was held. There were tours of two WWII Navy vessels, the USS Cavalla and the USS Stewart. There was alot to see and enjoy above and below the decks of both vessels.
On June 12th the group travelled to Houston and toured the NASA Space Center. There were many exhibits and original spacecraft on display including a space shuttle and several rockets. There were also interactive displays and an astronaut onsite. One of our veterans, Nikki McCain, was lucky enough to receive an autography from astronaut Anna Lee Fisher!
Later in the day there was an awards ceremony and dinner. There were guest speaker(s) who talked about the many roles the ship played throughout the years of service. Long Hyunh, a refugee rescued by the ship in the early 80's, gave a compelling dialogue of his rescue at sea. His perspective and delivery left everyone in awe.
The event in Galveston was a huge success. There were lots of laughs, inspiring moments and some tears shed. With over 97 guests in attendance, it could only be noted that each reunion event brings together a group of people that entered as strangers, with only their Navy record in common, but left as friends and family.
I am thankful to have been part of another successful John Young Reunion event, and look forward to our future mission....
Next Reunion - 2024.
- Michael Trotta, President
USS JOHN YOUNG VETERANS ASSOCIATION