MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – The USS Yorktown became a historic campground for the children of fallen service members over the weekend.
A Soldier’s Child foundation worked with The Citadel to offer 25 kids a unique experience aboard the World War 2 and Vietnam wartime ship.
Daryl Mackin, a Navy veteran and the founder of the non-profit organization said the children’s first night aboard the Yorktown was a special experience.
“They were quiet as they were watching video clips and reading, and they were going from place-to-place – it connected with them that it wasn’t just their dad or their mom that have been lost defending the freedoms; so many people who have gone before us. That was a connection point for them.”
A soldier’s child serves over 3,500 children from all 50 states.
There was also a special ceremony honoring the children at the Citadel football game on Saturday.