2012 Blessing of the Fleet set for May 5

Tim Tiffany, an employee of Quiring Monuments of Seattle, sandblasts five new names to the Alaska Fishermen's Memorial on Monday.

A speech from Gov. Sean Parnell will highlight activities surrounding the annual Blessing of the Fleet, which is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. May 5 at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial.

Five names are being added to the memorial this year: Shea Hunter Walling, Bob Pasquan, Bill Razpotnik, Bruce Freitag and John Pugh Jr.

Rev. Douglas Dye of Chapel by the Lake Presbyterian Church will conduct the blessing and Capt. Randy Beason of the fishing vessel Kaia will place the wreath. Other participants include the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District’s Color Guard, Girl Scout Cadet Troop No. 4026, Pastor Sam Dalin of River of Glory Church and Dylan Davis. Samantha Kostenko will sing the Alaska Flag Song, accompanied by Rebecca Ricker. The City of Juneau Pipe Band will also perform.

A reception for the community will follow at the nearby Twisted Fish Restaurant.

The blessing will be broadcast on VHF channel 10.

For more information, contact Tisa Becker at 321-4279.

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