Thanks to a spirited community

Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2009

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 life to this rewarding but often dangerous profession, as well as to offer prayers of protection for those who work in the commercial fishing industry.

Courtesy Of Seanna O'sullivan
Courtesy Of Seanna O'sullivan

We feel the spirit of our amazing community along with loving kinship as we remember fishermen and women through the dedication and reading of names engraved on Memorial, during the Blessing of the Fleet, and through lively stores shared by those around us.

We thank those who participate in the Blessing of the Fleet and Reading and Dedication of Names. This year, we thank those who participated in the Blessing including the U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard 17th District, the Coast Guard's 47-foot Motor Lifeboat on watch, Junior Girl Scout Troop Number 26 Melanie Coleman and Tina Strong, Leaders, the Rev. Tari Stage-Harvey of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Martha and James Stey, Assembly member Merrill Sanford, the San Juan, Capt. Bonny Millard, the Stroller White Pipes & Drums, Bishop Edward J. Burns, of the Juneau Catholic Diocese, and Dylan Davis, Crewman on the West Bank.

We also thank Eric Norman of Taku Fisheries and Smokeries, the sound crew Scott Jeffers and Dick Williams, and Reecia Wilson who donates a lavish reception, which follows the Blessing at the Twisted Fish. Safeway, Alaskan & Proud market, and Superbear provide flowers as well as the Weber family who donates the wreath for the laying on the waters.

Finally, we thank the Juneau fishing community and all of the members of the Assembly for their support and dedication to the commercial fishing industry and its importance to us all.

Tisa Becker

Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial Board of Directors


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