In town for a navy reunion we planned on a short memorial service aboard the Little Rock as part of our visit to the park. I had spoken to a couple of employess at the park prior to our arrival (including the 2nd in command) and was told what the park could offer us. Our groups president and myself even visited the park the day before our arrival and talked with the OOD. We were assured that every thing would be set up as we wanted and there would be no problems with anything we requested.
However when we arrived the only thing set up was some tables and chairs and a sound system (with an awful echo) . We had requested a bell for ringing after reading the names of our departed and it was nowhere in sight. So we waited 20 minutes for the bell to arrive. Then I was told they had a boom box and they would play the National Anthem and Taps for our service. Well they did have the boom box and the cd's, but the boom box did not work. So we waited while they tried to fix it. After another long wait we had to have the service with out any music.
While talking to the docents during our wait I was told that they were not told of our arrival until 2 hours prior to our arrival and they also were not told about our memorial service.
All in all a disastrous visit. Our tour time aboard the ships were cut short because of the delays with the service. Needless to say the members were not happy. We have had over 20 reunions and almost as many memorial services and never experienced as bad a time as we had at this park.
Like most government agencies they definitely have a communication problem.
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