U.S. Embassy commemorates Memorial Day

Monument to honour the fallen sailors.

The United States (US) Embassy commemorated Memorial Day on Monday with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier, in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans.

Gun Salute by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF)

Special recognition was given to U.S. Patrol Squadron 23 Sailors, who died off the coast of Nassau on May 7, 1954, Bahamian Private First Class Norman Darling who died in the Iraq War in 2004 and Sergeant Errol McKinney, U.S. Army, a Bahamian killed in a motorcycle accident in 2013 shortly after to returning to Ft. Bliss, Texas, following a deployment to Afghanistan.

The event included representatives from the U.S. Embassy, Bahamian law enforcement and other government officials.  It was held at the site of the Memorial to Patrol Squad 23, to commemorate the 10 U.S. crew members who lost their lives during a fateful training mission off the coast of Nassau.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and other officials as well as family members of the fallen sailors attended the ceremony.