Following services for men and women who gave their lives for their country, a smaller gathering rang the bell and called out the names of those whose occupation was no less treacherous.

Linda Tvetan who, along with her daughter-in-law Angel Tomasini, organized the Fishermen's Memorial noted that since Crescent City is a fishing community it made sense to honor those who were lost at sea on Memorial Day. Being a fisherman is tough and back-breaking.

"We've lost many in our families over the years; not all to the sea," Tvetan said, adding that her mother has organized the memorial for years. "Some of these that we lost were veterans and we know Memorial Day was founded for veterans."

Before Tvetan rang the bell, Superior Court Judge Bob Cochran sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and "America the Beautiful."

After reading off the names of roughly 55 local men and women who lost their lives to the ocean, Tvetan noted that her brother Pete and her son's father Rodney Tomasini were among them.

"Many of those that are fishermen, that become fishermen, for some reason they love it — they have sea legs," she said. "They were strong courageous compassionate men who loved their families as much as they loved the dangerous occupation they chose."

She noted that those she named were fathers, sons, daughters, nieces and grandfathers who are missed.

"I miss my brother Pete," Tvetan said. "Sometimes it's really fresh. I miss my son's father, Rodney. We had good memories."

Tvetan urged those attending the service to reach out and take the hand of the person next to them and said she hoped they would find comfort and remember their loved ones.

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