Replica ship dedication highlights Admiral Leahy Day festivities next week

The replica showcases exquisite details like guns, radar and other
equipment from the original USS Leahy. FILE PHOTO
Volunteers from the Franklin County Historical Society carefully moved a replica of the USS Leahy warship into their museum at the fairgrounds in late October. A May 6 dedication ceremony is planned, which coincides with Admiral William D. Leahy’s birthday. FILE PHOTO

Two years of planning and perseverance will culminate on May 6 when locals join together to honor the life and career of Hampton native Admiral William D. Leahy.

     A ceremony inside the Franklin County Historical Society Museum at the fairgrounds will dedicate the highly-anticipated arrival of the USS Leahy replica ship. A committee comprised of historical society members began efforts to bring the model to Hampton in 2011, and it finally arrived on permanent loan from the U.S. Navy in October 2013 after extensive preparation.

     The committee intentionally postponed the dedication ceremony until May 6, which is Leahy’s birthday. A proclamation was made by Mayor Brook Boehmler in March declaring the date Admiral Leahy Day in Hampton.

Read the full article in the April 30 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.