With the 100th year anniversary of the fateful RMS Titanic approaching, the Titanic Museum Attractions, located in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has announced several events and contests to commemorate and honor the construction and maiden voyage of this famous ship.
To honor the Irish heritage of the Titanic, which was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Titanic Museum Attractions is hosting the Back to Titanic 100th Year ‘Tour Ireland’ Sweepstakes. Six lucky winners will receive an 11-day trip for two to Belfast, where they will visit the birthplace of the world’s best-known, most luxurious ocean liner. You’ll begin your Titanic 100th Anniversary Tour in Belfast and learn the history behind the world’s most famous ocean liner. Your journey continues in Dublin where you’ll be able to take advantage of everything this beautiful city has to offer. Experience the many breathtaking areas of Ireland with guided tours and exclusive events held in Belfast, Dublin, Cobh and Kilkenny.
The sweepstakes begins today, June 13, 2011 and ends on February 1, 2012. Contestants can enter daily online. The winners will be announced February 14, 2012.
Starting in July, every Titanic Museum guest will get the opportunity to be involved in a special tribute to the passengers and crew of the ship by depositing a single rose petal in to a container in the Memorial Gallery. On April 15, 2012, the exact day of the 100th anniversary, each of the rose petals will be carefully laid onto the surface of the Atlantic Ocean directly where the Titanic sank.
The Titanic Museum Attractions will also host a “Royal Wedding” sweepstakes, where future brides can enter to win their own Royal Wedding in April 2012. Online voting will select a couple to be married on the Grand Staircase in the Titanic Museum.
Descendants of the Titanic’s passengers will travel from around the world to appear at the Titanic Museum Branson and Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge. Descendants of Second Officer Charles Lightoller, the most senior crew member to survive the Titanic, are some of the scheduled speakers.
The James Cameron movie Titanic will also be re-released in theaters, in 3D no less, on Friday, April 6, 2012. In honor of that, both Titanic Museum locations are opening a new gallery, complete with props and elaborate costumes.
An official two-day tribute ceremony is scheduled for April 14 and 15, 2012. The ceremony is set to include a candlelight service and the lighting of an eternal flame which will burn all year to remind every visitor to both museums of the brave souls who lost their lives on board the RMS Titanic.