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The Lunenburg Fishermen’s Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 commencing at 2:00 pm on the waterfront near the Fisheries Museum. The ceremony is an annual event in honour of the many men who have lost their lives while pursuing their livelihood in the fishery.
The Bridgewater Fire Department Band will provide the music and will be assisted by the voices of a massed choir of various local churches. The Roll of Honour is to be read by Mayor Rachel Bailey and will include the names of those fishermen lost in the years ending in seven (7) covering the last century.
Following the service those present will proceed to where wreaths will be placed aboard a working fishing boat to be taken out to sea. The ceremony will continue as the wreath-bearing vessel steams to open water where the clergy aboard perform a prayer of committal and the wreaths are then deposited in memory of the lives lost.“
This service is a deeply moving experience for many people. For those families who have lost a loved one at sea, it is an emotional tribute to their memory. For others it highlights the perils of a life at sea. For everyone it is an opportunity to pay homage to those who lost their lives to the industry that secured Lunenburg’s future”, said Mayor Rachel Bailey.
A compass rose shaped granite memorial on Lunenburg’s waterfront bears the names of those Fishermen lost from the early 1900’s to the present day. There is also a Memorial Room at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic (2nd Floor) which will be open so that family members and visitors may see the mural painted by renowned artist Joseph Purcell and the names of the lost fishermen hand painted by Tela Purcell also an accomplished artist. Everyone is invited to participate in this Fishermen’s Memorial Service.