The S.S. John W. Brown, one of two surviving World War II Liberty ships, will be the site of a Veterans Day commemoration at 11 a.m. today at Pier 5, Pratt Street.
The ceremonies will include a helicopter dropping a memorial wreath, a World War II aircraft memorial flyby and dedication of a special plaque to honor torpedoed seamen, survivors of the Battle of the North Atlantic. Veterans will participate in the ceremonies along with bands and honor guards from the armed services.
In addition, the John W. Brown will be open for free public tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Wednesday. You can learn more than most folks might like to know about bugs starting tomorrow at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. The center is opening a new traveling exhibit called "Bug's Eye View."
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beekeeper Bill Bartlett will demonstrate how live bees can be shipped through the mail. He will also show beekeeping clothing, such as gloves and a veil, as well as a smoker, which is used to calm bees so they won't be as inclined to sting while being handled. At noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Mary Carter-Smith, Maryland's griot (African storyteller), will present a 40-minute program of songs, tales, poems and drama -- all with insect themes.
In the Keys into Discovery of Science Craft Room from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., children ages 3 to 7, along with their parents, will make their own "bugs" and take their creations home to delight friends and neighbors.
About 2,500 people are expected to take part in the Public Relations Society of America's 47th national conference Sunday through Wednesday at the Convention Center.
The city's annual Thanksgiving Parade will begin at 11 a.m. next Saturday, Nov. 19. Details in next week's column.