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750 Sailors volunteer manual labor at Patriots Point

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As part of the Trident United Way's Day of Caring effort, 750 sailors from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command will donate their time and energy at Patriots Point Friday, September 6th.  The sailors will assist with painting, hauling, weeding and other tasks of upkeep in and around the museum.

"This service is priceless," Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said.  "When we found out they wanted to lend a hand here, we couldn't help but think of the historical connection to the Yorktown.  All these years later and still hundreds of sailors are here sacrificing for the good of their fellow man," he added.

"The significance of so many sailors being on the Yorktown at one time is huge.  It will be a great treat for our visitors that day," Burdette said.

The sailors will work for six hours, collectively donating 4,500 hours of manual labor to the state agency. Day of Caring was started by the Trident United Way in 2000 and two years later the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command joined the effort.  Through the Trident United Way, two Day of Caring events take place, the first with the sailors on September 6th, the second September 11th with civilian volunteers.

This is the first year the sailors have pitched in at Patriots Point in such large numbers.  A small group of sailors from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command volunteer each week at Patriots Point.

"It is incumbent upon current sailors to preserve the legacy of those who came before them," LTJG Genevieve Pike of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command said.   "The Trident United Way's Day of Caring provided the perfect opportunity to keep up the site and give back to the museum."

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