Navy to Honor Cesar Chavez with Ship Name

Family headed to San Diego for dedication of new ship.

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    NBC Bay Area has learned the U.S. Navy will name its new vessel "The USN Cesar E. Chavez."

    The family tells NBC Bay Area’s Damian Trujillo they will fly to San Diego for the dedication ceremony Wednesday afternoon

    Chavez served in the U.S. Navy in 1944 after World War II.

    Chavez was a labor and civil rights leader who began his organizing campaign in San Jose.

    He founded the United Farm Workers of American in the 1960’s, and his work continues through The Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.

    Chavez died in 1993, and in March of this year, the U.S. Park Service named his compound in Delano, California, (known as 40 Acres), a U.S. Historic Landmark.