This year’s Tolling of the Boats Ceremony will be conducted at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor Deterrent Park on May 26 @ 10:30 AM.
The U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War Two originally established the “Tolling for the Boats” ceremony. It is a unique and time-honored memorial service and is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Navy. Custom has established that this ceremony is formal, and it honors the memory of those submariners who lost their lives in the line of duty, especially the majority who perished during World War Two.
In the ceremony, the names of each of the U.S. submarines lost, along with the fate of its crew, are read aloud as a ship’s bell is tolled for each in turn. The tolling of the bell reminds us of the debt of gratitude we owe to both our departed shipmates and to those in active service, who guard our country, while serving silently under the sea. In many ways the “Tolling for the Boats” ceremony formally reaffirms to serving Navy submarine personnel that their current “deeds and sacrifices” follow in the footsteps of those submariners who preceded them.