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Memorial Day - 26 May 2008

The Memorial Garden at Albacore Park was the site of the annual Memorial Day ceremony in Portsmouth, NH. Participating were members of the Thresher Base of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc., Submarine Veterans of World War II and a number of local dignitaries.

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The Portsmouth High School Brass Ensemble provided music before the ceremony and also performed the National Anthem. Gary Hildreth, Base Commander of the Thresher Base, was Master of Ceremonies. Ken Smith brought greetings from the Portsmouth city council. Friends of Albacore’s Butch Jordan provided a synopsis of the first Albacore’s accomplishments before her loss. Butch introduced Anetta Stanton Kraus, daughter of Arthur Stanton, Albacore’s Chief of the Boat at the time of her sinking. Mrs. Kraus was followed by Caryl Sawtelle who spoke of her father Joe Sawtelle, one of the principal movers behind having Albacore become a museum in Portsmouth. Captain Robert Mazzone, Shipyard Commander, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was the principal speaker. Following the Tolling of the Bell ceremony, wreaths were placed at the various monuments in the Memorial Garden. A contingent of Marine Devil Dogs served as ushers and also provided assistance to those placing flowers at the memorials. Lori Arsenault sang several verses of the Navy Hymn during the laying of wreaths. Chaplain Robert Johnson provided the benediction.

A copy of the Memorial Day program can be downloaded here (PDF).

Additional photographs of the ceremony taken by Anetta Kraus’s friends Johanna and Burch Hindle can be seen here.