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National Maritime Day & Blessing of the Fleet
Navy Pier
Friday, May 19th at 3 pm

Tentative Schedule - 3-4 PM

  • National Maritime Day Ceremony begins with US Navy Band and Color Guard presenting colors and playing our national anthem.

  • Invocation by Fr Mike Enright

  • Presidential Proclamation read by Robert Sullivan, US Maritime Administration

  • Addresses by CDR Tim Tilghman, USCG -MSU Chicago & Capt. Gabe Argumedo, President Chicago Shipmasters

  • Blessing of Wreath in honor of fallen seafarers

  • All our led to Shoreline Sightseeing's M/V Cap Streeter for wreath laying ceremony.

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  • M/V Cap Streeter escorted into fairway

  • Wreath is placed in water followed by Taps being played to honor all sailors and mariners lost at sea. 

  • An order will be given via VHF for a simultaneous single long sounding of whistles and horns

  • At conclusion of sounding, all vessels queued up on south side of Dime Pier will proceed west to round the pier and then proceed past stern of M/V Capt Streeter for blessing for a safe season on the water while CFD vessel Wheatley shoots water canon in background.

  • M/V Cap Streeter returns to Navy Pier

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