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HAMPTON, Va. — A memorial is being dedicated to the Civil War ironclad, the USS Monitor, and its crew.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the Navy will dedicate the memorial at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton National Cemetery.
Monitor was involved in the first clash of iron-armored ships in naval warfare when it took on the Confederate ironclad, the CSS Virginia, in Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862. That battle signaled the end of the era of wooden ships.
Monitor capsized in a violent storm on Dec. 31, 1862, and sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C. The 16 crew members on board died.
A ceremonial guard from the destroyer Porter will participate in the dedication.