Jamestown Anniversary: Godspeed's landing festival in Alexandria kicks off 18-month commemoration

ALEXANDRIA -- The Godspeed welcomed the public aboard yesterday, and a long birthday celebration for the nation began.

Thousands came to the Old Town Waterfront to kick off the Jamestown 2007 commemoration with music, exhibits and tours of a reproduction of one of the three ships that made the voyage leading to North America's first permanent English settlement.

Jamestown 2007 Inc. and the city of Alexandria held a Landing Party Festival to mark the beginning of the Godspeed's East Coast tour and the start of the 18-month commemoration.

The organization bills the slate of events as "America's 400th Anniversary," with the centerpiece being the May 11-13, 2007, celebration in Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown.

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