Submarine Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony Honors Vessels on Eternal Patrol
May 31, 2019 07:57PM
By North Hills Monthly magazine
On Sunday, May 26, the annual Submarine Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Carnegie Science Center. Approximately 40 submarine veterans of USS VI Requin Base hosted a special memorial ceremony aboard the Cold War-era submarine, tolling a bell once in memory of each submarine on Eternal Patrol.
The veterans cast flower petals on the water so that the subs could “travel down the rivers of this great nation to the oceans” where fellow submarines were at rest. The Marine Color Guard from Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310 and the VFW Post 9199 Honor Guard performed a 21-gun salute.
After the ceremony, the public was invited to tour the Requin, which is moored along the Ohio River at Carnegie Science Center.
The USS Requin was inducted into the Submarine Hall of Fame on May 21, 2017, which recognizes post-WWII submarines that made significant contributions to submarine tactics and technology. Requin was nominated for her use as the first Radar Picket submarine and service protecting the East Coast during the Cold War.
Visitors to the Carnegie Science Center can tour the Requin and take behind-the-scenes tech tours during center hours. For more information, visit http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org.