Depoe Bay’s annual commemoration of all those lost at sea, either through war, accident or storm will roll out their flower adorned boats Monday, May 30th at 11am.
The event will commence with bagpipes by Wylie McKinnnon. The presentation of armed forces service flags will be followed by the presentation of the American Flag accompanied by our National Anthem.
The welcoming address will be given by Commander John Welch, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 53, followed by the introduction of guests by Depoe Bay Mayor Carol Connors. Guest Speaker will be Master Chief Tom McAdams of the Coast Guard. He’ll be followed by a second Guest Speaker Chief Chewescla Wllliam H. Depoe.
Following Chief Depoe’s remarks Pastor Mark Scott, of Bayside Chapel will offer prayer and a blessing to the fleet with an accompanied fly-over by a rescue helicopter from the Coast Guard Station North Bend.
After the fly-over, members of the Depoe Bay Fire District will perform the “Laying of the Wreath” as taps are blown by Brad Capshaw.
June Rushing will provide the closing music with the song “Amazing Grace.”
Once performed, the flower adorned fleet of boats will proceed out to sea from the world’s smallest harbor around which dwells a community whose respect and love for those lost at sea are boundless. The procession of boats will form a column formation, then form a circle, and following the dropping of the first wreath from the Coast Guard helicopter, all boats will cast their flowers upon the water.
A reception at the Coast Guard Motor Life Boat Station will follow the ceremony.
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