Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors

first_img View post tag: National View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: place View post tag: Monitor View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors View post tag: sailors Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 12 that remains recovered from the USS Monitor will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery.A ceremony will be held March 8 to honor the two unknown Sailors.The specific date of the interment was chosen to honor Monitor’s role in the Battle of Hampton Roads 151 years ago. “These may very well be the last Navy personnel from the Civil War to be buried at Arlington,” said Mabus. “It’s important we honor these brave men and all they represent as we reflect upon the significant role Monitor and her crew had in setting the course for our modern Navy.”The Brooklyn-built Monitor, the nation’s first ironclad warship, made nautical history after being designed and assembled in 118 days. Commissioned Feb. 25, 1862, the Monitor fought in the first battle between two ironclads when it engaged CSS Virginia in the Battle of Hampton Roads March 9, 1862. The battle marked the first time iron-armored ships clashed in naval warfare and signaled the end of the era of wooden ships.Though the Monitor’s confrontation with the Virginia ended in a draw, the Monitor prevented the Virginia from gaining control of Hampton Roads and thus preserved the Federal blockade of the Norfolk-area.Months later, 16 Sailors were lost when the Monitor sank Dec. 31, 1862 in a storm off Cape Hatteras, N.C. Her wreck was discovered in 1974 was designated the nation’s first national marine sanctuary, managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Starting in 1998, the Navy, NOAA and the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va., began working together to recover artifacts from Monitor.During the summer of 2002, while attempting to recover the ship’s 150-ton gun turret, Navy divers discovered human remains inside the turret. The remains were transported to Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Hawaii for possible identification.JPAC, with the assistance of the Navy Casualty Office and NOAA, conducted a comprehensive effort to identify the remains of the unknown Sailors, to include time-demanding and detailed genealogical research. Given the age of the remains, efforts to identify them were unsuccessful. However, JPAC was able to narrow down possible descendents of the unknown Sailors to 30 family members from 10 different families. “The decision to lay these heroes to rest in Arlington, honors not only these two men but all those who died the night Monitor sank and reminds us, that the sacrifices made a hundred and fifty years ago, will never be forgotten by this nation”, said David Alberg, Superintendent of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Arlington View post tag: Finalcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Navy Authorities Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors View post tag: Resting View post tag: Chosen February 13, 2013 View post tag: USS View post tag: Cemeterylast_img read more

In the previous part of August, 70 percent of last year’s result achieved in the same period was achieved

first_imgAccording to the first preliminary data of the system eVisitor, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non – commercial segment and nautical charter, in Croatia In the previous part of August (from 1 to 9 August) more than 1 million arrivals i 7.2 million overnight stays which is about 70 percent of last year’s result achieved in the same period. During the last weekend alone (from 7 to 9 August), more than 323.000 arrivals and 2.3 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. Although we have to wait until the end of August for the overall results, we are still happy with the current data of the first weekend in August, which give a little optimism to the tourism sector. We know how difficult autumn will be and how difficult it can be to expect a good post-season, because there are no groups, agencies or congresses, so at the moment every kuna earned literally means life. By the way, about 60 percent of last year’s result was achieved in July. The highest number of overnight stays in the same period was realized in Istria (1.7 million overnight stays), Kvarner (1.4 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia (1.3 million overnight stays), Zadar (1.3 million overnight stays), Šibenik-Knin (578.000 overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Dalmatia Neretva County (392.000 overnight stays) and Lika-Senj County (271.000 overnight stays).   So far in August, most tourist arrivals have come from the market Germany, about 225.000 of them, which is compared to the same period last year growth of 6 percent. Then follows local market from which 178.000 arrivals were made which represents growth of 18 percent, market Slovenian from which 133.000 arrivals were made which represents growth of 10 percent and market Poland from which 109.000 arrivals were made which represents growth of 16 percent over the same period last year. Looking at destinations, in the previous part of August, the highest number of arrivals was in Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin, Crikvenica, Umag, Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula and Novalja. “After an excellent July in which we achieved about 60 percent of last year’s result, we are recording even better tourist trends in August and we are currently at about 70 percent of last year’s result. The markets that reacted best are territorially closer markets for which Croatian destinations are easily accessible by road, such as Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. We have directed our promotional and information campaigns towards these markets all the time, communicating that Croatia is a safe and well-prepared tourist destination. Also, with the increase in the number of airlines, tourist traffic in the southern parts of Dalmatia intensified “, said Croatian Tourist Board director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that Dubrovnik and London, for example, are currently connected by 44 flights a week.last_img read more