CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy honored graduates lost at sea or killed in the line of duty at its annual Lost at Sea Memorial Rededication on Sunday, Oct. 18. Marked for special recognition was 2019 MMA graduate Trenton Lloyd-Rees, who died in a shipboard accident.
“Trenton, you stand relieved, we have the watch,” Regimental Commander Midshipman 1/C Matthew Harris said as he ended his recitation of the names of those lost at sea in the past year. He also read the poem “The Watch.”
Every year during the rededication ceremony, the newest regimental class is charged with the responsibility of protecting, preserving and guarding the Lost at Sea Memorial.
The memorial includes a 3-foot, 50-caliber naval gun used aboard WWII merchant ships and later moved to the Castine campus for training. Ultimately it became part of the memorial.
The rededication included the Naval ROTC Unit’s Color Guard presenting the colors, a 21-gun salute by MMA’s Regimental Drill Team, the singing of the national anthem and “Amazing Grace” accompanied by members of MMA’s Pipe & Drum Corps and a playing of “Taps” by musicians from the regiment’s band company.
Closed to the public over COVID-19 precautions, with only representatives from each of the current regimental classes attending, MMA Director of Communications Jennifer DeJoy called the annual ceremony “a tribute to those who gave their lives for our country, thereby making the freedoms and lifestyles we enjoy possible.”