A field day is a working weekend aboard a destroyer that is now a museum ship. All types of volunteer labor are welcomed but electricians, welders, plumbers, carpenters, etc., are especially needed. You can also clean, paint, or do any of the other numerous tasks that always need to be done. Participants bunk aboard ship for the duration of the field day and registration fees cover the cost of meals provided by museum volunteers. The work done in just three days' time is of enormous value to a non-profit organization that survives on self-generated funds. In 2014, Field Day volunteers provided an estimated $45,000 worth of skilled and unskilled labor.
This invaluable program not only helps the museum in terms of maintenance and upkeep, but also provides an opportunity for the general public and veterans alike to lend a hand in preserving history and to join together for a weekend to socialize with one another. Call 225-342-1942, x. 15, for more information or email TNessmith@usskidd.com.