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Generations of Intrepid
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Welcome to the After Party by the Intrepid Museum’s Special Events Team. Here we’ll give you a look behind the velvet ropes at one of the most exceptional venues in New York, and we’ll tell you what’s catching our eye in the industry and beyond. Just like our events, each of us has a unique style. We’ll be giving you the good, the bad and the outrageously inspiring from our life aboard the ship. Join us for the After Party!
Posted: 10/13/2015 10:44:03 AM

By Emily Embler


I recently had the good fortune to go to a Mets game with my Dad and a couple work friends of his. In a funny twist of fate, I learned that one of the gentlemen served on Intrepid during the Vietnam War. The game quickly became a meeting between two people whose résumés include Intrepid—two people from different generations and with extremely different duties and experiences on the ship. 

This former crew member recollected both the good and the challenging aspects of serving aboard an active-duty vessel during the Vietnam War. Many of his stories took place in the very spaces that I now traverse daily, in business casual clothing, thinking about deadlines. He laughed about sneaking cigarettes from pilots while they sat up late at night and played cards, and he lamented finding out that not all of those pilots had returned from their missions. Our conversation reminded me what a privilege it is for Museum staff and guests to walk the same paths aboard Intrepid as these American servicemen did.   

Having started working here only a year ago, I love any opportunity to learn more about the ship’s years of service, and my conversation with this gentleman came at the perfect time—just before the Museum unveils its new exhibition On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War on October 16. The exhibition focuses on the experiences of Intrepid and its crew during the Vietnam War, and it includes the firsthand accounts of men who served.

For me, the new exhibition brings into focus the wider impact of the events held here at the Museum and why we on the Special Events Team do what we do. In the busy flow of the work day, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. We strive to keep in mind the sacrifices of those who served and our part in the Museum’s mission to preserve their legacy. This exhibition is a poignant reminder of our mission, just as my chance meeting at the Mets game was.

When you host an event here, you support this mission. You too play a part in preserving the stories and memories of our servicemen and women—those who are no longer with us and those here to regale a young event planner with stories of years past.