The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a media advisory inviting people to watch the agency’s National Maritime Day ceremony, scheduled for this Friday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. Here’s the announcement (including the link):
Maritime Administration to Host Virtual National Maritime Day Celebration
The Event Will Feature Remarks from Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao
On Friday, May 22, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) will commemorate the 87th National Maritime Day during a virtual program to be hosted on the agency’s YouTube channel.
The theme of this year’s program is “Resilient Sealift for a Resilient Nation,” which reflects the U.S. maritime industry’s unwavering support of the nation, especially during challenging times such as these. The event will feature remarks from several government and industry leaders including Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby and Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
Declared by Congress in 1933, National Maritime Day was established to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s maiden voyage from the U.S. to England, marking the first successful trans-Atlantic voyage with steam propulsion. This day is also used to remember the merchant mariners who served their country during WWII.
What: The Maritime Administration’s National Maritime Day Celebration
When: Friday, May 22, 2020 at 10:30 A.M EST
Why: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maritime Administration will hold its National Maritime Day virtually
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