IRENE J. HARVEY (wife of Thresher Commander John "Wes" Harvey)
We express our heartfelt condolences to
the Harvey family on Irene’s passing. As
a leading light in their lives has dimmed, so it has for all who knew her. We wish their grief and mourning find them nothing
but fondest memories.
Thresher Memorial Project Group offers our own tribute following
THRESHER BASE 51ST MEMORIAL
The 51st Annual USS Thresher Memorial Service hosted by
USSVI Thresher Base at the R. W. Traip Academy Auditorium in Kittery, Maine on
Saturday, April 12, 2014. See Thresher Base website at: http://www.thresherbase.org/
“On Saturday, April 12, 2014, the 51st Annual USS Thresher
Memorial Service hosted by USSVI Thresher Base will be held at the R. W. Traip
Academy Auditorium honoring the loss of 129 crew members, US Naval Submarine
Officer Observers, and civilian support personnel aboard the USS Thresher
during sea trials off the New England coast 50 years ago on April 10, 1963.
The memorial service will begin at 1300. Attendance is open only
to those who have received an invitation and sent in their RSVP.
Invitations will be sent to USS Thresher family and former crew
members on February 8th. USSVI members will receive an email invitation. RSVP's
are due on March 15th. Email your RSVP with the names in your party to Thresher
Base Commander Kevin Galeaz by email at ThresherBase@comcast.net or by
Name-tags will be made up for all USS Thresher family and former
crew members identified in the RSVPs.
To request and invitation or to obtain additional information
regarding the event, email Thresher Base Commander Kevin Galeaz at
ThresherBase@comcast.net or phone 603.268.0420.”
Members of the Thresher Memorial Project
Group invited and John Carson, Gerry Mylroie, Kenneth Lemont, Keith Lemont, and
Gary Beers plan to attend. Group member
and “Silent Strength” author D. Allan Kerr will let let us know if he can be
there by the March 15th RSVP deadline.
PARK / CIRCLE OF HONOR
EXPECTED TO BE FINISHED AS SOON AS THE GROUND THAWS
PARK / CIRCLE OF HONOR DEDICATION
With regret, due to the harsh winter we
have experienced (see winter photos next); the complete uncertainty whether
ground conditions will be suitable for installation of the Circle of Honor
Courtyard; with ceremony details requiring well-in-advance notice; and, the
inability to predict the vagaries of weather we have no sufficient means to
assure that the remaining Park work can be completed in time for an April 13th
Ergo, the Group has decided to conduct
the Memorial Park dedication ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th,
2014. It is expected that the
landscaping will be trim, and plantings will be in full bloom, then making the
site pristine for the ceremony. Full
details will be disseminated after we deconflict with other events on that day.
We are truly sorry that we’ll miss the 51st
anniversary, but do expect all components to be on display at the Park for the
folks from away to see their sponsored commemorations on that day.
PARK WINTER VIEW – PHOTOS BY GERRY MYLROIE
CIRCLE – THRESHER FLAGPOLE - WINTER VIEW
BY GERRY MYLROIE
We need just $6,942.08 to complete the entire project. We’re getting there.
Memorial Circle Flagpole (Base/Pole/Flags)
Memorial Circle (Signage/Hardscape/Landscape)
Memorial Park CoH (Pavers/Plaque/Benches/Walks/Landscape)
Memorial Donations & Pledges (Contributor Funds - Direct In-Kind)
Dedication Events & Admin (Separately Donated)
Other In-Kind (Engineer, Legal, etc)(Separately Donated)
FUNDRAISING TO GO
Ninety sponsors came forward for D. Allan
Kerr’s “Silent Strength” with 161 more pre-orders of the book (20 individual,
plus Albacore Park in Portsmouth and St. Mary’s Museum in St. Mary’s
Georgia). That represents $8,900 of the
$13,000 publishing costs.
Just 137 more copies at $29.99 each (plus
$5.95 S&H for mailing) need to be sold to cover it all. After that, sales revenue is to be
contributed to this Memorial Project.
Expected to be available in early April,
arrangements may also be made to pick up your copy around the April 10th
anniversary and Thresher Base memorial service on April 12th. Details will be disseminated as soon as
Simply send in your payment to Thresher
Memorial Project, P.O. Box 321, Kittery ME 03904, and
write Silent Strength in the memo section of your check, 0r pay via
Project Facebook Friend Robin Joseph McAteer created
a page “A Tribute to US Thresher”. In
the truest meaning of the word…..Awesome!
Just paste this link in your URL address bar:
Again, you are receiving this because you are connected to
the permanent Thresher Memorial Project in a meaningful way. Thank you so very much.