DENVER - Remembering the lost and recognizing the youth of our future were part of the USS Grayling Memorial ceremony Saturday.
The USS Grayling is one of 52 submarines that were lost during World War II. It disappeared 70 years ago in September of 1943 with 76 men on board.
More than 100 people gathered with the Colorado Submarine Veterans at the Grayling Memorial at Sloan's Lake Park to remember all submariners on "Eternal Patrol."
The day was recognized in a proclamation from Governor John Hickenlooper declaring September, 7, 2013 as a day to remember the USS Grayling.
In a speech that spoke to several generations, Captain Charles N. Starnes, Jr., US Navy-Retired, talked of sacrifice made for freedom. He addressed youth who are learning to lead now through organizations like the Navy League Sea Cadets Corps and Boy Scouts of America. He remembered those who have fought in past wars and recognized those who are currently serving in the military.
The memorial included a fly-over of a WWII Stearman Navy Trainer N3N, tolling of the boats, flag ceremony and rifle salute and taps.
The Navy Honor Guard from Navy Information Operations Command, Colorado, the All Veterans Honor Guard from American Legion Wilmore-Richter Post #161 Arvada, the U. S. Sea Cadets Lexington Division, Eric Baldwin, pilot, and Marvin Pratt, trumpeter took part in the memorial.
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