Memorial Sea Service Saturday at South Benson Marina

Fairfield to honor those lost in Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Merchant Marine

Fairfield’s Annual Memorial Sea Service will be held at the Dave Russell Memorial at South Benson Marina on Ash Creek at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27.

The ceremony, for members of Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Merchant Marine who were lost at sea or buried at sea, is hosted by Fairfield’s veterans. T

After the memorial ceremony, a boat detail will place a memorial wreath on Long Island Sound. Former Seaman Ernest Gagnon will be the honored guest and place the wreath.

Born March 15, 1927, in Fall River, Mass., Gagnon enlisted in the U.S. Navy 1944 at the age of 17. He served was aboard the cruiser USS Amsterdam, CL-101, “The Dutchman,” under Admiral Bull Halsey, taking part in third fleet actions against Japan. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on Sept 5, 1945, and he witnessed the surrender of Japan.

Fairfield’s Memorial Sea Service was organized by David Russell, former Fairfield fire chief and World War II patrol craft veteran, more than 20 years ago.

Capt. Roger Crossland, USN (Ret.), will serve as Officer of the Day. Master Chief Builder Richard Ianucci, USN (Ret.), will serve as Chief Petty Officer of the Day.

The service is open to the public. Active duty members are encouraged to attend in service dress and wear large medals. Those who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan are particularly welcome, organizers said.

All veterans who attend are encouraged to wear something indicating that they served. All others are asked to wear red, white and blue.

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