Honoring the service of Bering Sea Patrol sailors

UNALASKA, Alaska - Coast Guard Cutter Sherman crewmembers and Boys Scouts conduct a flag ceremony at the Bering Sea Patrol Monument at Memorial Park in Unalaska Dec. 11, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Garrett Bockness.

UNALASKA, Alaska - Coast Guard Cutter Sherman crewmembers and Boys Scouts conduct a flag ceremony at the Bering Sea Patrol Monument at Memorial Park in Unalaska Dec. 11, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Garrett Bockness.

By Ensign Christopher Tarbell

Coast Guard Cutter Sherman crewmembers and Boy Scouts participated in a ceremony replacing the weathered flags at the Bering Sea Patrol Monument at Memorial Park in Unalaska, Alaska, Dec. 11, 2011.

During the ceremony the Boy Scouts assisted the Sherman crew in lowering the weathered flags and raising the new flags.

Capt. Joseph Hester III, commanding officer of the Sherman, presided over the ceremony with Shirley Marquardt, mayor of Unalaska.

Hester spoke about the importance of remembering the Coast Guard and the service its predecessor, the Revenue Cutter Service, has provided in the Bering Sea for more than 140 years. Marquardt spoke of the excellent relationship between the citizens of Unalaska and the members of the Coast Guard. She also thanked the Sherman crew and Coast Guard for their selfless dedication to their country.

After the ceremony the cutter’s crew visited the graves of servicemen from the Revenue Service Cutters Rush and Bear that date back to the 1890s.

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