Maritime Day Celebration 2021
by Vicki West
International Maritime Day is a day when the world takes time to honor those serving and those that have served in the maritime industry. It was the privilege of the International Seafarers’ Center to sponsor this event on May 22, 2021 on the St. Simons Pier.
As the processional, led by the Brunswick High School NJROTC, made their way down the pier, many people, in reverence, turned from what they were doing and gave attention to what was going on. Scott Townley masterfully changed the atmosphere as the bagpipes piped out the Star Spangled Banner.
When we reached the end of the pier, Pat Stokes welcomed everyone and introduced Retired Navy Chaplain, Larry Boyette, to deliver the invocation. As the sobriety of the moment heightened, the wreath was laid on the water by Jack and Jean-Earle McConnell and the bell from the Esso Baton Rouge, loaned by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, rang out remembering the sinking of this ship and the lives lost that fateful day.
As the bagpipes once again, to climax the end of the celebration, played Amazing Grace, the people dispersed but still in an attitude of reverence.