Posts Tagged ‘United States Merchant Marine’


Let’s Not Forget The Merchant Marine on Memorial Day, OK?

May 26, 2014

Let’s Not Forget The Merchant Marine on Memorial Day, OK?.


Thank you, Enchanted Seashells, for this reminder of the oft overlooked sacrifices of the Merchant Marine. Couldn’t have said it better.

I would be interested in seeing current data on civilian ships used in conflict today. I know that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is the ONLY federal military academy to have students (midshipmen) in war zones during its entire history, up to and including the present.


National Maritime Day 2014

May 22, 2014

One of these days, I’d like to get back up to DC or Maryland to celebrate the way I did before children… or even when we toured the N.S. Savannah 6 years ago. But that just wasn’t going to happen for us this year. Ran a 5K on Sunday so that meant no trips and it is a little harder to justify taking the children out of school now (T1 had a standardized test today). So here is the official Presidential proclamation for National Maritime Day 2014. In finding it on the internet I did discover than World Maritime Day is the last Thursday of September (Sept. 25, 2014) and has been a U.N. I.M.O. observance since 1990.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

Presidential Proclamation — National Maritime Day, 2014



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America’s open seas have long been a source of prosperity and strength, and since before our Nation’s founding, the men and women of the United States Merchant Marine have defended them. From securing Atlantic routes during the naval battles of the Revolutionary War to supplying our Armed Forces around the world in the 21st century and delivering American goods to overseas markets in times of peace, they have always played a vital role in our Nation’s success. During National Maritime Day, we celebrate this proud history and salute the mariners who have safeguarded our way of life.

Today’s Merchant Marine upholds its generations-long role as our “fourth arm of defense.” Yet they also go beyond this mission, transporting food where there is hunger and carrying much-needed supplies to those in distress. Thanks to our dedicated mariners, people around the world continue to see the American flag as a symbol of hope.

To create middle-class jobs and maintain our leading position in an ever-changing world, we must provide new marketplaces for our businesses to compete. As we expand commerce, we do so with confidence that the United States Merchant Marine will keep our supply lines secure. Because just as America’s workers and innovators can rise to any challenge, our mariners have demonstrated time and again that they can meet any test. Today, let us reaffirm our support for their essential mission.

The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as “National Maritime Day,” and has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2014, as National Maritime Day. I call upon the people of the United States to mark this observance and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their communities. I also request that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


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“The Future of Kings Point”

June 13, 2012

American Merchant Marine Veterans 26th Annual Convention
The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute

Maritime TV Coverage of the June 6, 2012 President’s Banquet Dinner Presentation from MARAD Executive Director Joel Szabat
“The Future of Kings Point”

The Chief sent this to me and his brother with the note that Kings Point may actually get two new ships once the dock refurbishment is complete. It is over 53 minutes long.

I’ve said in the past, the Chief is a bit more optimistic than me. I hope this is good news for USMMA.


National Maritime Day 2012

May 22, 2012
Seal of the United States Maritime Administration.

Seal of the United States Maritime Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Celebrate National Maritime Day

Dates & Location:
From – May 22, 2012 10:00 am
To – May 22, 2012 11:00 am
Location – U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Wa

America’s maritime industry has made significant economic and defense contributions to our country and its citizens in times of war and peace throughout our nation’s history. From its earliest beginnings prior to the American Revolution, through the War of 1812, Civil War, two world wars, the Vietnam and Korean conflicts, and more recently the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. maritime industry continues to support and defend our freedom and liberty.

Please join the Maritime Administration as we pause briefly to honor our maritime industry, our mariners and our proud traditions on National Maritime Day.

We would welcome your presence and participation, for we recognize and sincerely appreciate your continued efforts on behalf of the American maritime industry. (Unfortunately you had to RSVP by the 18th…)


Merchant Mariners are often overlooked in Memorial Day tributes. I found this speech given last year at ceremonies at the National WWII Memorial.

The website has a great link to all the presidential proclamations given. I have yet to find this year’s….  hmmm…. well, it is only 7:53 AM and its raining and everyone knows if it rains in the DC area traffic is a nightmare. So I guess I have to give them time to get to work and do the “proclaming.”


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