The mission of the USS TICONDEROGA Veterans Association is to perpetuate the memory of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS TICONDEROGA (CV/CVA/CVS-l4) and the TICONDEROGA-class AEGIS cruisers (CG-47 to CG-73), and ship's company of these U.S. Navy vessels. The purpose of the Association shall also be to exchange mementos and memories of tours of duty. We are a non-profit 501(c)(19) association incorporated in the State of Illinois on May 24, 1999, in perpetuity. Additional purposes of this Association include:


(a) planning and arranging annual general membership (reunion) meetings;


                     (b) locating former shipmates and urging their participation in this Association;
                     (c) contributing mementos, pictures, plaques, artifacts, insignia, papers, letters,
                          or other memorabilia relating in any way to the activities of, or service aboard,
                          the aforementioned ships; and
                     (d) establishing, administering, and accepting voluntary contributions to accomplish the
                          purpose of any approved and adopted memorial program of the association.