A special Midrats this week – early-lunchtime tomorrow, Saturday from 11-1200, live from the Navy Memorial in Washington DC.
We are there to help kick off the Blessing of the Fleets. From the Navy Memorial Website;
Passed down through generations of sailors, fishermen, merchant mariners and navies around the world, the centuries-old “Blessing of the Fleets” ceremony is intended to safeguard fishing crews and ships from the danger of the seas through a traditional blessing given by a clergyman at the water’s edge.
As a tribute to our nationâ€™s rich maritime heritage and the men and women who have contributed to its growth and success, the United States Navy Memorial hosts its annual Blessing of the Fleets ceremony each spring. The event is free and open to the public and is an official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
At the United States Navy Memorial, the ceremony’s highlight occurs when Sailors from the U.S. Navy’s Ceremonial Guard proceed across the Memorial Plaza’s “Granite Sea” to pour water from the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes into the surrounding fountains “charging” them to life and ushering in the spring season.
We have three great guests lined up;
- Rear Admiral Edward K. Walker, Jr., USN (Ret.), President and Chief Executive Officer, United States Navy Memorial Foundation.
- Rear Admiral Michael J. Lyden, USN, Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps.
- Documentarian Brian J. Kelly , Executive Producer of Discovery Channel’s “At Sea.”
If you are in DC, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Navy Memorial on Saturday – the day is full of events,
- 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Live broadcast of the Blog Talk Radio program “Midrats,” featuring military bloggers Cdr. Salamander and Eagle One
- 12:30 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new exhibit Supporting the Force: Navy Supply in Actionâ€”Ready for Sea, Ready Ashore
- 1:00 p.m. Blessing of the Fleets Ceremony on the Plaza with the Navy Band, the Navy’s Ceremonial Guard and the Chief of the Supply Corps
- 2:00 p.m. Serving of Navy bean soup served by the White House Mess
- 2:20 p.m. Screening of the new film “A Day in the Life of a Suppo”
- 3:00 p.m. Screening of Episode 1 of HBO’s new series “The Pacific”
- 4:00 p.m. Screening of the Discovery Channel’s film about Navy operations today “At Sea”
- Sea Control 30 – Australian Submarines
- A History of the Navy in 100 Objects #54: Shell Fragment from the USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
- Midrats 13 April 14 Episode 223: 12 Carriers and 3 Hubs with Bryan McGrath
- A History of the Navy in 100 Objects #53: Handmade Seabee Photo Album From Guadalcanal
- USCG Air Station Kodiakâ€™s Arctic Domain Awareness Mission Scientific Support Operations: A Vital Step Toward Arctic Understanding