The United States Navy Memorial

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2011 Blessing of the Fleets
April 9, 2011


The centuries-old "Blessing of the Fleets" ceremony is intended to safeguard crews and ships from the danger of the seas through a traditional blessing given by a clergyman at the water's edge.


The Blessing of the Fleets' highlight occurs when Sailors from the U.S. Navy's Ceremonial Guard proceed across the Memorial Plaza's "Granite Sea" to pour water from the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes into the surrounding fountains, "charging" them to life and ushering in the spring season. Ceremonial music is provided by the U.S. Navy Band.

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