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United States Embassy Commemorates Memorial Day with a Wreath Laying Ceremony
By US Embassy Nassau
May 28, 2018 - 4:23:59 PM

Moment of Silence RBDF

On Monday, May 28, the United States Embassy commemorated Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans.  Special recognition was given to U.S. Patrol Squadron 23 Sailors, who died off the coast of Nassau on May 7, 1954, Bahamian Private First Class Norman Darling who died in the Iraq War in 2004 and Sergeant Errol McKinney, U.S. Army, a Bahamian killed in a motorcycle accident in 2013 shortly after to returning to Ft. Bliss, Texas following a deployment to Afghanistan.

This event included representatives from the U.S. Embassy to The Bahamas, our Bahamian counterparts in law enforcement and other government officials.  It was held at the site of the Memorial to Patrol Squad 23 to commemorate the 10 U.S. crew members who lost their lives during a fateful training mission off the coast of Nassau.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and other officials as well as family members of the fallen sailors attended the ceremony.

Playing of Taps by the Royal Bahamas Police Force

Gun Salute by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF)

Wreath Laying at sea by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force

Captain Steven Dearborn, Rhode Island Army National Guard, Office of Defense Cooperation, US Embassy Nassau reads the names of the fallen heroes.

Mr . Pericles Maillis, son of Alexander Maillis who was on site for the recovery efforts in 1954 gives remarks.

Photo of the monument to honor the fallen sailors

Mrs. Hope Lamb, daughter of plane captain ADC John Holle gives remarks, accompanied by her mother.

Commander Patrick Davis, US Navy Senior Defense Official/Defense Attache, Office of Defense Cooperation, US Embassy Nassau gives welcome remarks at the ceremony.

U.S. Charge d'Affaires Stephanie Bowers gives remarks during the Memorial Day ceremony.

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling gives remarks during the Memorial Day ceremony.

U.S. Charge d'Affaires Stephanie Bowers, Minister of National Security The. Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of Foreign Affairs The Hon. Darren Henfield, Commodore Royal Bahamas Defence Force Tellis Bethel, U.S. and Bahamian law enforcement officials and family members of the fallen heroes.

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