Blessing of the Fleet honors fallen fishermen at 38th annual event


Dozens of attendees honored fallen fishermen at the 38th annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at Blaine Harbor May 1. The Seafarers Memorial Committee hosted the event in partnership with Blaine Chamber of Commerce. 

Dignitaries in attendance were Blaine mayor Mary Lou Steward, state representative Alicia Rule (D-Blaine), state senator Simon Sefzik (R-Ferndale), Port of Bellingham commissioner Bobby Briscoe, Port of Bellingham commissioner Ken Bell and Whatcom County councilmember Ben Elenbaas. The memorial included the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary leading a flag ceremony, public officials giving speeches, performances by local musicians, community prayer and the Plover ferry taking the memorial wreath out to sea.

           Photos by Grace McCarthy



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