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Fisherman's Memorial thanks community

Posted: May 10, 2014 - 11:02pm

The Alaska Fisherman’s Memorial in Juneau thanks and extends its heartfelt appreciation to the community of for its tremendous support for the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Dedication of Names.

The Blessing of the Fleet, the dedication and reading of the engraved memorial names takes place the first Saturday of May each year. It is a time when our incredible community joins together to honor commercial fishermen and women who have died and to bless those engaged in this dangerous and very important profession.

This year, we would like to thank a few of those who helped in many ways to make this event a memorable one. We thank the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District’s Color Guard, Girl Scout Troop #4018: Co-leaders Melissa Loken and Erin Dwyer, The Reverend Gordon Blue, Rector, Church of the Holy Trinity, Missouri Smyth and the Alaska Youth Choir, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell and the F/V Dundas, Captain Ted Merrell, III. A kind appreciation to Miss Scarlett’s, Superbear, Alaskan & Proud and Safeway, who all provided flowers for the Blessing.

We also thank Reecia Wilson, who, incredibly, donates a lavish reception following the Blessing at the Twisted Fish and Eric Norman of Taku Fisheries/Smokeries.

We thank the Juneau fishing community and all the members of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly for their support and dedication to the commercial fishing industry and its importance to us all. Port Director Carl Uchytil deserve thanks for the Docks and Harbors staff who had one of their boats in the blessing, and who every year help spruce up the Memorial for the annual Blessing. United Fishermen of Alaska and its staff member Mark Vinsel provided information on the value of the commercial fishing industry to Juneau and Capital Copy help print the programs for the Blessing.

The members of the Fishermen’s Memorial Board of Directors who deserve special thanks are Linnea Osborne, Tom Gemmell, Melissa Museth, Carl Brodersen, Tisa Becker and Jennifer Nebert. This year Tisa Becker and her fisherman husband Rob donated the wreath for the Blessing and we are grateful for that.

Bruce B. Weyhrauch

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