Services will still be held at Gibson Park at the Merchant Marine Statue on W 6th St. and S. Harbor Blvd.
DUE TO MAJOR CONSTRUCTION.
Please park at the Double Tree in San Pedro and use the Trolley.
LUNCHEON HELD BELOW:
2800 via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro, California 90731, United States
There are many ways to help our Merchant Marines and the Memorial. Attend our annual luncheon on the 22 of May, advertise in our printed program or become a sponsor.
Luncheon Ticket 1 x $45 each
Advertise in Program:
Business Card Size $150
Half Page Black and White $225
Full Page Black and White $300
Half Page Color $300
Full Page Color $450
On Memorial List Your Family Names $1,000
Silver Sponsor $5,000
Corporate Sponsor $10,000
Platinum Sponsor $25,000
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On every 22nd of May at 11am there is a National Maritime Day Observance and Memorial Service with local dignitaries speaking and honoring the American Merchant Marine Veterans who bravely served their country. On May 22, 2003, phase two, the five "Walls of Honor" were unveiled and dedicated as white doves were released in a very moving tribute.
The progress and commercial success of the United States of America closely parallels the historic greatness of the American Merchant Marine. It is the same Merchant Marine who supplied our first Navy, manned by John Paul Jones, John Barry and many others, who played a significant role in the American Revolution. History records that many merchantmen, commissioned as privateers and naval vessels, were instrumental in defeating the British at their own game. Many of our early leaders were from American shipping families. The contributions of the American Merchant Mariner during the American Revolution, the War of 1812, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War and other conflicts, should be made known to all Americans. The casualty percentage of the U.S. Merchant Mariner during World War II was higher than any of the U.S. Armed forces.
American Merchant Mariners have faithfully served their country in times of war and peace, transporting life and cargo to every corner of the world. They have helped to win wars and to maintain peace by providing necessary materials, food and supplies to assist many nations in rebuilding their countries and economies.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower said on Maritime Day in 1945: “The officers and men of the Merchant Marine, by their devotion to duty in the face of enemy action, as well as natural danger of the sea, have brought us the tool to finish the job. Their contribution to final victory will long be remembered.” On National Maritime Day, May 22, 1989 our Committee dedicated the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial, not long after the Committee started a fund drive to erect the first National Merchant Marine Veterans Wall of Honor. On National Maritime Day, May 22, 2003 the five Walls of Honor were dedicated. These Memorials are the largest and most significant in the nation honoring American Merchant Mariners. The Committee still needs support to maintain and make improvements on the Memorials.
President - John T. Pitts
Treasurer - Bent L. Christiansen
Vice President - Jerry Aspland
Secretary - Wendy Karnes
Charles D. Naylor, Esq.
Arthur Moore, World War II Maritime Historian
Marifrances Trivelli, Director, Los Angeles Maritime Museum
April 17, 2019, N2Giving supports the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc with a check for $2,000 for the memorial in San Pedro, Ca.
John Pitts, the President of the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc , non for profit accepted the check and was very grateful. Thank you John for all your hard work for our Veterans.