Titanic museums to mark anniversary of sinking

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Titanic museums in the Smoky Mountains and Branson, Mo., have told the ship's story to 7 million visitors in the past six years. Now the attractions are marking the Titanic centennial by sponsoring a Coast Guard cutter to take 1.5 million rose petals to the north Atlantic site where the ship sank.

The museums also will have special ceremonies April 14 in Tennessee and Missouri to commemorate the anniversary.

The flowers will be dropped at the location to memorialize the victims on the luxury liner, which sank after hitting an iceberg.

The museums, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Missouri's country music-oriented resort town, are to conclude activities April 14 with a symbolic re-enactment of the launching of Titanic's distress flares and the lighting of a memorial flame.


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