Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

USS Turner Joy Memorial Day Ceremony


On Monday May 26, 2014 the Bremerton Navy League hosted a Wreath laying ceremony onboard the USS Turner Joy, Harborside Bremerton.  The ceremony was well attended led Mayor Lent. Navy League President Larry Salter was the Master of Ceremonies an the featured speakers were Congressman  Derek Kilmer and  Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor Commanding Officer  LCol Stephen Keane.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th 1868 by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic and was first observed on May 30th 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate Soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery. The tradition of placing flowers on grave sites has continued to today.  Many of our Sea service men and women are interned in a watery grave—

We will honor them by laying a wreath over the side.

President Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  This Memorial Day ceremony is in honor of our fallen service men and women who have died protecting that freedom.  To that end, I thank you for coming and giving your time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

“Lest We Forget” – Author Unknown

It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.