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Annual Charleston "Blessing of the Fleet" 

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2023

Annual Charleston "Blessing of the Fleet" scheduled for May 29, - Memorial Day

In honor of the commercial fishing fleet and its importance to the Charleston community, the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service will be held at the Charleston Fisherman's Memorial Garden near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina at 10am on Monday, May 29th.

The service honors the local men and women involved in commercial fishing and the fishing industry who have lost their lives since 1941.  An application to have a loved one’s name included on the plaque can be obtained at the Charleston Fishing Families office on Crossline on Mondays between 10-2pm or by contacting Margery Whitmer, secretary of the Memorial committee. Interested parties can also write to CFM at P.O. Box 5882 Charleston, OR  97420.  Applications will be accepted through March 31 to have time for the engraving on the plaques.  There is no cost to the families, but donations are appreciated.

As part of the event, local marine services firm owner, William Elderkin, will speak at the memorial and a Blessing of the Fleet will take place.  The U.S. Coast Guard will provide a color guard and advance and retire the colors.  The 1954 Buoy Bell will be rung as each name is read, which is significant because fishermen rely on this sound to aid in safe navigation.

Following the service, a coffee and cake reception will be held for all at the Charleston Fishing Families office at 63480 Crossline Road in the Charleston Marina.  The community is encouraged to provide floral arrangements.  Please keep in mind that only biodegradable florals can be taken to out sea.

For more information regarding this special event please contact: 

Margery Whitmer or 541-297-2095

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