WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Today veterans, the Coast Guard, Ashley High School's Naval JROTC and chorus gathered in Riverfront Park to remember Merchant Marines. The event was part of National Maritime Day, which was established in 1933. It recognizes the role the US Merchant Marines play in ensuring national security. It is also a chance to remember those Merchant Marines who lost their life during World War II.
"It's pretty nice to think about those sailors who went down with the ships, about 7,000 of 'em, out here, not too far from here matter of fact. So it's nice they were recognized," said Merchant Marine veteran Walker Taylor, III.
A wreath laying ceremony followed remarks from Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and County Commission Chair Jason Thompson. The wreath was handed to the crew of a Coast Guard boat, who placed it in the Cape Fear River.