Family and friends of service members climbed on board the YDT18 this morning, bringing with them memories of their loved ones. Today the local naval fleet invited Sea Cadets and the members of Boy Scout Troop 317 onto the vessel. And for the first time, one from each organization helped lay a wreath - to honor those who have served in the past.
Troop 317 Assistant Scout Master Jeff Neitzke, "Well it's a once in a lifetime deal, you know. I mean this may never happen again."
Sea Cadet Anthony Borges says, "It's also good to know most people our age aren't doing this - so it's kind of special to do this."
In keeping with tradition, the ashes of a former service member were also put to rest. This year, it was US Marine Corps Captain Gary James Kiel.
Sea Cadet Staff Member Sarah White says, "Memorial day, a lot of people think is just fun and barbecue but it has a significant role for our country and to look at the wreath of flowers and know that there is a gentleman whose ashes we are going to spread in the ocean. We would not be here had these people not made sacrifices for us."
Five organization helped to put on today's event. Next year, they're hoping for an even bigger turnout.