HAMPTON (AP) -- A memorial is being dedicated to the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor and its crew.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the U.S. Navy will dedicate the memorial at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Civil War section of Hampton National Cemetery, located on the Hampton University campus.

USS Monitor was involved in the first clash of iron-armored ships in naval warfare when it took on the Confederate ship CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862. That battle marked the end of the era of wooden ships.

The Monitor capsized in a violent storm on Dec. 31, 1862 and sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C. 16 crew members died.

A ceremonial guard from the USS Porter will participate in the dedication, which also marks the 150th Anniversary of the sinking.

Pieces of the the ship, including its turret, are on display in The Monitor Center at Mariners' Museum in Newport News.

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