Red Oak Victory fundraiser to commemorate ‘Operation Magic Carpet’

Richmond’s Red Oak Victory ship seeks volunteers
SS Red Oak Victory is located at 1337 Canal Blvd. in Richmond.

By Kathy Chouteau

Time to pull out your 1940s civilian or military threads and get ready to party on the Red Oak Victory ship, which is hosting a musical and historical fundraising event Saturday, Oct. 17 from 1-6 p.m.

The special event will commemorate Operation Magic Carpet, the massive post-World War II effort that coordinated the return of thousands of overseas soldiers, sailors and Marines to the U.S. via various ships like the Red Oak Victory.

Community members are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Red Oak Victory’s deck, as well as to don the aforementioned 1940s attire (not required). Prizes will be awarded for those who bring the best ‘40s picnic or military rations for their lunch, according to organizers.

“The Lovin’ Harmony Trio will perform beginning at 1:30 pm followed by the George Cole Quartet,” stated event organizers, adding that “World War II military artifacts and both civilian and military vehicles will be on display next to the Red Oak Victory. And, of course, the main attraction is the ship herself, which will be open for tours of the outside decks throughout the day.”

Aside from the musical entertainment, the Richmond Museum of History, USS Hornet, The Rosie the Riveter Trust and Spirit of 45 will have info booths dockside and ship clothing and souvenirs will be on sale.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, ticket sales will be limited to 100 total and can be purchased online or at the door (online recommended). Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids between the ages of 5-12 years old (littles under age 5 are free).

As a special offer, anyone who brings a 1940s car or World War II military vehicle can receive two event tickets for $10. Masks and social distancing will be required.

To purchase tickets to the Red Oak Victory’s musical and historical fundraising event, click here. To learn more about the ship, click here. The ship is located at 1337 Canal Blvd. in Richmond.