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Members of the US Navy Band Northeast quintet holding their instruments while dressed in uniform.
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During Philadelphia’s celebration of Navy Week, join us Sunday, Oct. 15, at noon, on the Museum’s outdoor plaza for a special performance in honor of Commodore John Barry. The performance, which is free and open to the public, immediately follows the Commodore John Barry Commemorative Mass at Old St. Mary’s Church in Old City, where Barry’s grave is located. The ceremony will include representatives from the Museum and the U.S. Navy discussing Barry’s history and significance as well as a musical performance by the U.S. Navy Band Northeast brass quintet.

Following the performance on the Museum plaza, attendees are welcome to purchase a ticket to the Museum to view Barry’s sword, which is on loan from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston and was displayed in the Oval Office during John F. Kennedy’s presidency.

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This image depicts the book cover of John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail by Tim McGrath. The bottom of the cover shows two ships in battle on a body of water. There is cannon fire depicted. The title of the book is written in the middle of the cover, with the John Barry text in larger text than the rest of the title. The top of the book cover shows a portrait of John in his blue and gold military outfit. He is looking to his left.

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