INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSUEM
46th St. and 12th Avenue
New York, NY
Suzi Halpin, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
or 646-283-0379 (cell)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, May 30, 2009
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE HARRY PAYS TRIBUTE AT INTREPID MUSEUM
AS LAST STOP BEFORE LEAVING NYC
His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Great Britain made a final, unannounced, visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Saturday evening, May 30th, his last stop before departing New York City for home. The Prince was greeted during the brief, emotional, visit by Bill White, president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Bill White said, "It was a great honor to have Prince Harry come to the Intrepid to pay tribute to the heroism of our fallen heroes and the courage of all men and women stationed around the world who preserve our freedoms. Prince Harry has a deep, personal, understanding of the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces and their families and we thank him for this private, quiet, gesture to salute them."
White continued, "We also were honored to welcome to the Intrepid British Marine Commando Joe Townsend for a special visit, who lost both legs while on duty in Afghanistan in service to his country. Marine Commando Townsend's heroism and grace are an inspiration to us all, and we will never forget him."
In honor of his visit, Prince Harry was presented by Bill White with a piece of the Intrepid's original wooden flight deck and Intrepid commemorative coins. Prince Harry also climbed up into the cockpit of the SST Concorde, which is on display and open to the public at the Intrepid Museum complex.
During the recently concluded Fleet Week 2009, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum welcomed the highest number of visitors in its Fleet Week history.