Crescent City Memorial Day events begin Friday

May 23, 2007 11:00 pm

By Adam Madison

Triplicate staff writer

The unveiling of the refurbished S.S. Emidio Memorial highlights several local Memorial Day weekend events.

The memorial service for the S.S. Emidio will start 3 p.m. at Beachfront Park.

Guy Towers and Terry McNamara will have the hull sandblasted with a fresh coat of paint and sealer to protect it from rust by its unveiling. Wooden legs wrapped in rope will be placed on the back of the Emidio for a more nautical appearance. The section is also going to be placed right side up, because it was previously placed upside-down.

The S.S. Emidio became a landmark in 1951, almost 10 years after a Japanese submarine fired a 14-centimeter gun on the ship, killing five. The remaining crew of 43 escaped in lifeboats. Although the Japanese riddled the Emidio with bullets, it did not sink. It ended up resting in Crescent City's harbor.

Other events planned for the weekend include:

•Friday – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1381 is holding a dance for members, legion members and their guests 6-10 p.m. in the lounge of the VFW Hall, 810 H St. The music will be provided by the Redwood Ramblers. Call 707-465-4214.

•Saturday – The Emblem Club will host a flag-placing ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Crescent City Cemetery. Call Junior Vice President Ailleene Martin at 707-465-5062.

The Brookings Memorial Day parade will be held in Brookings. The parade starts at 10 a.m.

The U.S. Army Future Soldiers will help the VFW and the Emblem Club place flowers 1 p.m. at the Crescent City Cemetery.

•Memoral Day – The Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a potluck beginning at noon. Call 707-465-6528

The Commercial Fisherman's Wives will host Memorial Day services at the Citizens Dock at 1 p.m. Afterwards there will be cookies, punch and coffee at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary hall.

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