Re: Memorial Day
Ahoy Members and Friends,
Saturday I was aboard the O'BRIEN for the Seamens Memorial Cruise. Once again we had a wreath in rememberance of our breathern who have passed over the final bar. Other council members were aboard as well including:
- Ken Blue, President of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the AMMV, with a memorial wreath.
- Fr. James Wade handling the prayers for the occasion. The ashes of five souls were scattered at sea.
- Jefferys Wiener, documenting everything with his camera. Wife Marion accompanied him.
- The O'BRIEN's Executive Director Dennis Koller and his wife Mary Jane hosted an afternoon reception for the ship's French guests. Mary Jane earler in the day joined our council!
- O'BRIEN Executive Assistant Elizabeth Anderson, attending to assorted details.
- Sea Cadet Chief Davis Freitas kept tabs on the Arkansas Division Sea Cadets. Also aboard were Pyro Division Sea Cadets.
The weather was fantastic, the Bay smooth as glass, the cruise simply wonderful! BRAVO ZULU to all the ship volunteers, each making the day extra special.
Sunday I was involved with the "Reading of the Names." 10,500+ military who called California home but died in Vietnam or from that conflict's wounds later. I was able to discuss the involvement of the Merchant Marine and their losses, see http://www.usmm.org/vietnam.html. When it came time for wreaths, the council had a wreath with "We Remember" prominent along with our NLUS Crest and that of the Merchant Marine. Several individuals came up to me afterwards to express their appreciation.
Monday, I returned to the VA Medical Center - Mather Field, Rancho Cordova for the 4th annual memorial program there. No speach but as in years past a wreath from the Navy League. The Navy League was involved with funding the construction of the Veterans Memoral Plaze directly in front of the main entrance.
--- In PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Phelps Hobart" <nlsac@...> wrote:
> Try to attend one or more Memorial Day activities and fly the flag - half mast if possible.
> Sam Spade identifies three out of several San Francisco Memorial Day events.
> U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38) Memorial Service
> Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 12 Noon
> Lands End, Fort Miley, San Francisco
> This Memorial Service is dedicated to the 100 Sailors & 7 Marines killed in action during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (photos of the battle here), November 12/13 - 1942. The "Frisco" saw action from 7 December 1941 at Pearl Harbor - A Date which will live in Infamy - to the final battle of World War ll. See this photo of the USS San Francisco (CA-38) entering San Francisco Bay beneath the Golden Gate Bride in December 1942. More photos are available here and here. For details, directions and Program of Service: http://www.usssanfrancisco.org/
> Lost Boat Memorial at U.S.S. Pampanito (SS-383) honoring the United States Navy Submarine Service
> Monday, May 31
> USS Pampanito, Pier 45
> 4:00 pm
> Join Pampanito crew and submarine veterans in the "Lost Boat" ceremony aboard the USS Pampanito, honoring comrades and submarines lost at sea. This moving ceremony features sixty-five bell tolls for each boat and crew on "eternal patrol." Pier 45 is located at Taylor and Embarcadero Streets, Fisherman's Wharf. For more information please call (415) 775-1943
> San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio, May 31
> Monday, May 31
> San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio
> The premier Memorial Day event in San Francisco is the remembrance ceremonies at San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio. Located right on the spot where the Pacific Ocean meets San Francisco Bay at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco National Cemetery is one of the nation's oldest and most beautiful.
> San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio
> Arrive at the Presidio's Main Post Parade Ground at 10:00 AM. The parade will get underway at 10:30. Participants will march from the Parade Ground to San Francisco National Cemetery. The memorial service begins at 11:00 AM
> Where: San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio on Memorial Day. (map and direction links provided below)
> Saturday I will be with other Navy Leaguers on the National Liberty Ship Memorial SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN 'S:
> Seamen's Memorial Cruise
> Saturday, May 29 - Departs 10am, Returns 2pm
> Pier 45
> The ship's annual tradition - a memorial cruise in honor of the men and women who built, sailed and protected Liberty ships during WWII. Includes 1940's music by live band and a picnic lunch. Please call the office, (415) 544-0100, to get more information or to purchase cruise tickets, $125 pp. You may also purchase tickets the day of the event for cash pier side.
> The Pacific Merchant Marine Council is one of about 35 organizations and individuals with memorial wreaths. The wreaths and the ashes of five souls will with ceremony be placed in the water once the ship passes underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
> Sunday and Monday I will be involved in events in Sacramento. A good summary of activities there may be found in the May newsletter calendar at www.norcaltrav.com/vva500.htm.
> Attending any of these or other events please remember to wear your Navy League pin.
> Phelps Hobart
> Vice President - Veteran Affairs
> Pacific Central Region, NLUS
> Memorial Day is observed on Monday, May 31, 2010
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