It's windy and chilly, and I am standing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-12) which is berthed at the home of the old Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda.
Now a floating museum that is open to the public, it is an amazing tribute to all the sailors and marines who served on her. Commissioned in 1943, she was active in World War II, the Vietnam War, and was selected to retreive the Apollo astronauts when they "splashed down" on their return from the moon.
While admiring the amazing view of San Francisco Bay, I watch people of all ages and sizes come up the gangplank to visit. As I return to the interior, I hear people talking about signing up for a family overnight on board. What a thrill that will be for everyone to spend the night on board this huge vessel.
As I leave, I look back at this amazing bit of living history and know that she truly belongs in the old Navy town of Alameda.