Thanks for celebrating lives of commercial fishermen and women

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

Every year on the first Saturday of May, our community comes together at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in Juneau to celebrate the lives of commercial fishermen and women who have given their lives to this dangerous but rewarding profession, and to offer prayers of protection for those who work in the Coast Guard and the commercial fishing industry.

We feel the spirit of our amazing community and loving kinship as we remember fishermen and women through lively stories, the dedication and reading of names engraved on Memorial, and during the Blessing of the Fleet.

We thank those who participate each year in the Blessing of the Fleet and Reading and Dedication of Names. This year, we thank the U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard 17th District, the Coast Guard's with its Motor Lifeboat, Junior Girl Scout Troop Number 4026, Melanie Coleman and Tina Strong, Leaders, Pastor Sue Bahleda, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Kenneth Chadwick, Interim Pastor, Glacier Valley Baptist Church, Senator Dennis Egan for his moving comments. The F/V STANDY, Co-Captains Richard HofMann & Paula Terrel, the Stroller White Pipes & Drums, Gastineau Strummers and Conductor Patrick Murphy, and Evan Gross, crewman on the F/V Rose Lee.

We also thank Eric Norman of Taku Fisheries/Smokeries, the sound crew of Scott Jeffers and Dick Williams. Bob Millard for all he does to maintain the Memorial and coordinate the Blessing, and Reecia Wilson and Twisted Fish, who donated a lavish reception to the community following the Blessing.

Finally, we thank the Juneau fishing community and the city Assembly for its support and dedication to the commercial fishing industry and its importance to Juneau.

Tisa Becker

For the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial board


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