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22nd Annual Blessing of the Fleets

A time-honored tradition passed down from generations of mariners and navies around the world, the 22nd annual Blessing of the Fleets will take place at the United States Navy Memorial on Saturday, April 13, 2013. As a highlight of the National Cherry Blossom Festival – the nation’s largest springtime celebration, the event is free and open to the public and will begin at 1:00PM, immediately following the Festival Parade.

The centuries-old ‘Blessing of the Fleets’ ritual is intended to safeguard crews and ships from the danger of the seas through a blessing given by a clergyman at the water’s edge. During the Navy Memorial’s ceremony, sailors from the U.S. Navy’s Ceremonial Guard proceed across the outdoor plaza’s “Granite Sea” to pour water from the Seven Seas and Great Lakes into the surrounding fountains, “charging” them to life and ushering in the spring season. The service is accompanied by music from the U.S. Navy Band.

Event begins at 1:00PM

Presented by: United States Navy Memorial

Event Venue

United States Navy Memorial

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Naval Heritage Center
Washington, DC 20004

For more information:

  • Saturday, April 13, 2013

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