Ceremony for submarines lost during war

WTNH/ Tina Detelj

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)– Memorial Day was marked across Connecticut and the country with parades, ceremonies and visits to gravestones of those lost.

In Groton, submarines lost during World War II were remembered in a solemn ceremony at noon.

A bell tolled for each boat lost in that war, as veterans and many in the community come out to honor the sailors lost.

Members of the silent service now on eternal patrol. Flags representing each submarine are on display at the National Submarine Memorial East in Groton.

“It means a lot to us veterans because we’re remembering those guys who guys who have passed and especially a submarine force. We lost 52 submarines during the second World War so we pause for ceremonial times and remember those men,” said Charlie Starratt, a veteran.

The guest speaker for this year’s ceremony was George Hyland who served on six submarines.

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