This year Mother Nature cooperated and provided a reasonable day in which to recognize those who gave their lives in support of our country. Master Chief Gary Hildreth, USN (Ret) presided as the Master of Ceremonies.
Students from the Portsmouth High School Woodwind and Brass Ensemble provided music during the program.
Lieutenant Arthur Biggs, USN Chaplain, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard offered the Invocation.
Commander Brent Spillner, Commanding Officer, USS Springfield (SSB 761) delivered the key address.
Albacore Park Interim Executive Director John Maier and Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association President Ken Herrick are two of the many spectators.
Kevin Galeaz, Commander of Thresher Base of the United States Submariner Veterans, Inc. led the Tolling of the Boats ceremony. This ceremony recognizes the loss of some four thousand men who lost their lives while serving our country in the U.S. Submarine Force. In all, seventy-two submarines have been lost in war and peace since the founding of the U.S. Submarine Force on October 12th, 1900.
Robert Flannery, Thresher Base Chief of the Boat stands by to ring the bell as the name of each submarine is called out along with the circumstances surrounding its loss and the number of lives lost.
Ms. Lori Arsenault and Ms. Deb Henderson, daughters of ENCA(SS) Tilman Arsenault , who was lost on the Thresher, sang the Navy Hymn and later assisted CDR Spillner in placing a wreath at the base of the Memorial Garden flag pole. TAPS was provided by the Portsmouth musicians. Chaplain Briggs offered a Benediction to close the ceremony.
Master Chief Gary Hildreth, Bill Tebo (WWII submarine veteran), CDR. Spillner and Thresher Base Commander Kevin Galeaz at the USS Albacore (SS 218) memorial.
Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association Board of Director Emeritus Russ Van Billiard and Bill Tebo.