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Posted on: February 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] USS ROOSEVELT (DDG-80) Sends Crew Member to Hyde Park on Ceremonial Visit

Ensign Amy Skaggs

USS ROOSEVELT (DDG-80) Ensign Amy Skaggs will make an official visit to Hyde Park, New York Feb. 21-23. Ceremonies and events with citizens and local leaders are set to deepen the relationship between the ship and the hometown of its namesakes.

The ship name honors both President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, and their tenacious commitment to freedom, democracy and service to the American people. Since the ship’s commissioning Oct. 14, 2000, the crew has maintained a meaningful relationship with the citizens and leaders of Hyde Park, the home of the esteemed presidential couple.

Throughout the year, Hyde Park citizens provide support and encouragement to the Sailors onboard with local commemorations, care packages, and thoughtful correspondence. Commander Matthew Molmer, the ship’s captain, speaks to this relationship: “The strong relationship between the ROOSEVELT and the wonderful citizens of Hyde Park, speaks to the special bond that has formed over the years since the ship’s commissioning. In honor of FDR and his amazing wife, Eleanor, and the citizens of Hyde Park, it is a privilege to be able to send one of my ship’s finest Officers to represent the ROOSEVELT and her crew. Ensign Skaggs’ ceremonial visit is meant to continue cultivating and strengthen the ship’s special bond and to thank the Hyde Park citizens for their unwavering support and inspiration over the years. As the ROOSEVELT transitions over to her new homeport in Rota, Spain in April of this year, it is my desire to send ROOSEVELT crew members back to Hyde Park each year to commemorate the strong bond with the ship’s namesake.”

During her February visit, Ensign Skaggs will meet local officials, Veterans and citizens. A meet and greet at Eveready Diner with an interview with Creative Living magazine is set for Friday evening. Saturday, she will tour the Vanderbilt mansion, FDR’s home and Vallkill. Ensign Skaggs will meet Dutchess County Veterans on the Walkway over the Hudson Saturday afternoon for a flag ceremony. Flags flown aboard USS ROOSEVELT will be hoisted on the bridge flagpole and others will be given for over local government buildings. A reception will follow at 6 pm at the Hyde Park Town Hall (4383 Albany Post Road), beginning with the Dutchess County Sheriff Office’s Color Guard, followed by an exchange of gifts to include the command’s challenge coins, ball caps and other mementos. Sunday she will attend mass at St. James Episcopal Church and tour its cemetery before returning to Mayport, Florida to meet USS ROOSEVELT.

Ensign Skaggs commissioned in May 2019 from the United States Naval Academy and assumed the role of Public Affairs Officer aboard USS ROOSEVELT in October. She has worked closely with Mr. William Conn, the town’s liaison, to coordinate events like Project FALA. During her visit, she will be accompanied by her parents, John and Beth Skaggs, and her younger sister, Laura Skaggs, who intends to study at the Culinary Institute of America in the fall.

Ensign Skaggs looks forward to her visit. “I am absolutely delighted and honored to serve as ROOSEVELT’s representative. Serendipitously, my favorite quotation belongs to Eleanor ROOSEVELT: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” My aspirations to be a Naval Officer began when I was 13 and led me to USS ROOSEVELT, the finest ship in the Fleet. At 13, I couldn’t have imagined my role aboard would grant me the opportunity to engage with patriotic, thoughtful and generous townspeople. I hope to meet as many citizens as possible, to shake their hands and offer my sincerest gratitude for their continued support of our ship.”

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