TOLLING THE BOATS
Submariners Lost in the Line of Duty in 65 Submarines to be Honored
On August 18, 2012 at the Submarine Veterans Memorial located at the Ring of Valor in Memorial Park Colorado Springs, Colorado beginning at 11:00 AM, members of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Southern Colorado Base will honor the memories of over 4,000 submariners lost in the line of duty in a formal public ceremony to recognize their service. As the name and details of each submarine is read, a bell is tolled and a small American flag is placed on a submarine model.
Rear Admiral Thomas “Hank” Bond, Jr., NORAD/NORTHCOM, Director of Command and Control Systems (J6), a Navy submariner, will be the guest speaker.
Service in Submarines is an inherently dangerous business, and since the founding of the US Submarine force in 1900, sixty-five submarines and over 4,000 men have given up their lives. The great majority of these young lives were lost during WWII when fifty-two submarines were lost.
It is the duty of the members of United States Submarine Veterans to publically honor them so that their gallant service and sacrifice is never forgotten.
The general public is invited to join with us in honoring these fallen heroes of the U.S. Submarine Force.
United States Submarine Veterans is a National Veterans Fraternal Organization chartered in 1964 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(19) entity. With over 13,000 members and 150 chapters nationwide, it is the largest organization of submarine qualified veterans in the world. Visit www.ussvi.org for more information.