USS Thresher

Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Project

Dedication Ceremony


The USS Thresher ANC Memorial dedication ceremony will be held at the ANC Amphitheater on Thursday, September 26 from 1600 to 1700.


RADM John Clarke Orzalli, USN Retired will serve as the dedication ceremony Master of Ceremonies.


Speakers at the Dedication Ceremony include:

  1. Thomas Wiley, Brother of LTJG John J Wiley, USS Thresher
  2. Admiral John Richardson, Former CNO, USN Retired
  3. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, (D), NH


The format of the dedication ceremony will match the format shown in the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots and Crew Members Memorial Dedication Ceremony Program. Click on the following link for the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots and Crew Members Memorial Dedication Ceremony CSPAN Video.



Tram Shuttles


Trams are available for transport from the ANC Welcome Center to the ANC Amphitheater for those who choose not to walk.



Wreath Laying Procession


A procession from the ANC Memorial Amphitheater to the USS Thresher ANC Memorial will occur immediately after the dedication ceremony is completed. 15 minutes is alloted for those who need assistance getting back on the Trams.



Wreath Laying Ceremony


A brief wreath laying ceremony will be held at the memorial at 1715.


Wreath layers include:

  1. VADM Thomas J. Moore, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems
  2. VADM Charles A. Richard, Commander, Submarine Forces (Invited)
  3. Wayne Standerfer, National Commander, United States Submarine Veterans
  4. TBD USS Thresher Family Member



Dress Code


Civilian Dress code is business casual (minimum). ANC has a no jeans dress code policy. The dedication ceremony will be Nationally televised and stored on-line for post ceremony viewing.



Reserved Seating


Reserved seating will be secured for VIPs including  Senators, Members of Congress, USS Thresher Family and Former Crew.



Handicap seating is at the end of each center isle. Ramps are available for access.



Keep In Mind


This facility is open to the weather and the seats are made of concrete. It is suggested that attendees bring seat pads and umbrellas.




Please register the names of all those attending in your party no later than 8/26/2019 using the on-line RSVP form.





RADM Clarke Orzalli, USN Retired & Foundation Treasurer, is currently soliciting corporate donations to secure $52K needed to cover the costs of the Trams rental, reception facility rental and catering for an estimated 1000. You can help by making a tax deductible donation. Please see our Fundraising web page on how to contribute and our Donor Recognition web page for list of donors.


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