National Maritime Day
dinner and medal ceremony in their honor
National Maritime Day is a United States holiday created in 1933 to recognize the maritime industry. It is observed formally on May 22 every year, the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia in 1819 on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. At MMA, the celebration date may differ slightly from year to year (sometimes those all important Coast Guard Examinations fall in that same week as National Maritime Day!).
Here at the Academy, we observe National Maritime Day by conducting the regimental Change of Command Ceremony, by remembering those in our community who have "passed over the bar" during the previous twelve months, and by recognizing our lead donors at a dinner and medal ceremony in their honor.