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USS Roger Williams and USS Narragansett: Conimicut 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Parade
July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong radioed from the lunar landing module “Eagle” to NASA’s Houston Control the following message: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” This simple message told the world that the United States of America had successfully engineered mankind’s first visit to an extra-terrestrial body. It was, as Armstrong said later when he first stepped onto the lunar surface, “A small step for a man, but a giant leap for mankind.”
The Conimicut Village Association is hosting the 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Parade to honor the astronauts and the thousands of other men and women who made the first moon landing possible, and to celebrate all of our country’s space successes before and after the first moon landing.
Immediately following the parade, the Moon Landing Parade committee and the American Legion will co-host several post-parade activities at Shields Post 43, American Legion, 662 West Shore Road, only a few feet from where the parade ends (see map).
The Legion plans to place tables and chairs in its parking lot to accommodate about 150 parade attendees. Attendees will be able to relax at the tables while they enjoy some of the delicious foods and drinks that will be available, listen to the Grand Marshal – retired NASA Astronaut Sherwood “Woody” Spring, deliver an address to the crowd, and listen to music that will be provided after. The Mayor of Warwick and the Governor of Rhode Island may also deliver short addresses.
American Legion, Post 43
Two additional features will be presented inside the Legion. In the Legion’s larger hall, a craft fair will be hosted that will be open to all parade goers; and, simultaneously, in the Legion’s smaller hall, there will be constantly streamed videos of the first moon landing and of other significant NASA achievements.
The Legion will open its doors to members and non-members that day with access to the craft fair, the NASA videos, and to the members’ bar. The Legion will also run an outside bar where beer and wine will be available for purchase, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage and pepper sandwiches.
The parade committee plans to also invite several food trucks to participate. There will be a pizza vendor, a doughboy truck, an ice cream vendor, a kettle corn truck, and possibly others. Food trucks will be there on an invitation-only basis. Interested vendors should contact one of the Moon Landing Parade’s co-chairs.
Additionally, only a few feet away in Conimicut Village, three outstanding restaurants will be open and serving parade attendees: Shoreline Pizza, Papi’s Tacos, and Timmy’s Restaurant. Attendees are encouraged to stroll down the street and check out these long-time establishments’ great menus.