Pretty busy weekend for Newport during the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Newport Loyalty Days. Patriotism abounded. Events included the parade of fishing vessels all lined up to pass by the “Pastor Boat” that conveyed a blessing to all fishing vessels and all those aboard them. Fishing is a very dangerous industry. All locals have their own recollections and stories of those who sailed out but never came back. Remembrance Services are conducted at Yaquina Bay State Park for all those who have lost their lives at sea and to comfort the families who still mourn the loss.
On the lighter side there is a big Loyalty Days Parade through downtown Newport as well as fun and games at the Loyalty Days Carnival.