Memorial Day activities in Charleston will include the annual blessing of the fleet and memorial service. The service will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the Charleston Fisherman's Memorial Garden, near the Charleston Marina boat launch.
The service will honor the more than 130 local men and women involved in commercial fishing and the fishing industry who have died since 1941. This year four names will be added to the Fisherman's Memorial plaque: James A. Hovden, Richard Harrington, Ron Oxford and Geo 'Duffy" Bauder.
This year, the Charleston community will dedicate a new section of the garden to honor people involved in other aspects of the commercial fishing industry. Three names will be added to the fishing industry memorial plaque, George F. Hartley Sr., Emery S. Hanson and Raymond McKinley Self.
William Elderkin, the local owner of a marine services firm, will give opening and closing remarks. He'll comment about the fishing industry and Fisherman's Memorial.
Pastor Ross Wilbanks of the Charleston Community Church will deliver a memoriam and blessing, and the Oregon Coast Pipes and Drums will perform. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide a color guard and advance and retire the colors.
The Charleston Community Church Choir will perform 'In Times Like These," and there will be solo performances by Nancy Joy Butler singing, 'How Great Thou Are," and Deborah Sensenbach singing, 'I Was On His Mind."
Following the blessing and memorial service there will be a coffee and cake reception at the Charleston Marina RV Park recreation room, 63402 Kingfisher Road, near the Portside Restaurant.
A U.S. Coast Guard motor lifeboat from Lifeboat Station Charleston will load floral arrangements to take to sea and lay on the water in a brief ceremony. The lifeboat will get under way immediately after the blessing and memorial service.
The community is encouraged to provide floral arrangements or memorial wreaths, but they must contain only biodegradable materials. Local floral businesses can accommodate requests for this type of arrangement.