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National Maritime Day celebrations around the country this week

On May 22 of each year, America celebrates the merchant mariners who support our country's national defense requirements and honors those who sacrificed their lives in service to the nation. A number of National Maritime Day celebrations are open to the public.

The Maritime Administration and Military Sealift Command will host National Maritime Day ceremonies and a wreath laying starting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Gen. Duncan McNabb, commander of USTRANCOM, will give the keynote address. Attendees must RSVP. More information is available online.

American Maritime Officers and STAR Center will host a National Maritime Day ceremony on Monday, May 23 at the I.T. Parker Community Center in Dania Beach, Fla. The mayor of Dania Beach, Patricia Flury, and Capt. Christopher Scraba, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, will speak at the event, which will begin at 11 a.m.

The American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee will host a National Maritime Day observance and memorial service in San Pedro, Calif., on Sunday. The service begins at 11 a.m. at the foot of Sixth Street at the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial.

MSC Commander Rear Adm. Mark Buzby will give a keynote address at the Propeller Club of Norfolk's National Maritime Day celebration on Friday. More information is available online.

On Saturday in Baltimore, the Baltimore Port Alliance and USMMA Alumni, Chesapeake Chapter will host a tour of the N/S Savannah, the only nuclear-powered merchant ship in the U.S. Information is available online.

National Maritime Day will be celebrated at Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Wednesday, May 25. More information is available online.