Monday, August 20, 2018
On Saturday the community came together for the annual Fishermen's Memorial Service in Gloucester. While rain caused the speaking portion of the program to be moved inside to American Legion Post 3, following that portion of the program those who have lost loved ones at sea, and many others, gathered at the Fisherman's Memorial on the harbor to place wreaths and cast flowers upon the water in memory of those that have been lost.
Guest speaker Ron Gilson eloquently and passionately chronicled years of history of the commercial fishing industry in Massachusetts, and compellingly reminded us all of how much we owe to the fishing families who have worked so hard over the years to harvest food for the nation, bring prosperity to the region and the state, and to support a unique and cherished way of life.
I was honored to join with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, members of the United States Coast Guard, Reverend James M. Achadinha, members of the memorial service committee, singers Alexandra and Josh, and everyone who was part of this moving and inspirational service.