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Veterans say goodbye to the USS Saratoga

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Veterans who served on the USS Saratoga have said goodbye to the aircraft carrier that was their home.

More than 100 veterans from all eras of the carrier's life took part in a farewell ceremony Friday at Naval Station Newport. The Saratoga will soon be dismantled in Texas.

Many said it was difficult to see the decommissioned aircraft carrier in a state of disrepair. They had tried to save it from this fate by raising money to turn it into a museum. The Navy took the Saratoga off the donation list after the USS John F. Kennedy carrier became available for a museum.

Several men who helped commission the ship threw a wreath into the water. They walked along the pier, taking pictures and looking up at the Saratoga one last time.
   AP-WF-08-08-14 1850GMT

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