Since 1923 the Fishermen's Memorial statue has stood watch over Gloucester harbor looking out towards the sea in honor of 10,000 fishermen of Gloucester that were lost at sea. This is more than a statue, it's a gravestone for the families who's loved one rests beneath the waves forever. Every year a memorial service is held to honor those who never returned.
Procession moves along Middle Street.
Oars with names of fishing vessels lost.
Gloucester Daily Times photographer Desi Smith records the traditional laying of the wreaths.
John Matteo Russo 5 and his brother Salvator 8 placing the wreath in honor of their father Matteo Russo and grandfather John Orlando who were lost in 2009 on the F/V Patriot.
Four year old Wallace Grey III escorted by his grandmother Carol Grey with a wreath to honor his father Wallace Grey III who was lost in the sinking of the F/V Foxy Lady II in 2012.
A boost over the chains.
Tossing the flower to the sea.
Strong flower toss.
A youngster ready to cast her flowers to the sea.
Wallace holds the blade of an oar in tribute to the F/V Foxy Lady II.
Touching a name on the memorial cenotaph.
Three dories watch the proceedings.