National Maritime Day

John Konrad
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May 19, 2007

National Maritime Day stamp

May 22nd is National Maritime Day but most of the activities will be held this weekend. What is Maritime Day? Here’s MARAD’s answer:

May 22nd is National Maritime Day, first declared so by Congress in 1933. Its observance honors the contributions of the American Merchant Marine, civilians who have defended the freedom of the United States since 1775, and who executed the largest sealift the world has ever known during World War II. Observance of National Maritime Day also honors the maritime industry and the benefits in brings Americans in terms of transportation, jobs, goods, and recreational opportunities. Maritime Day observances will be held all over the country in 2007 National Maritime Day – MARAD

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