RMS TITANIC Memorial Ceremony to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia April 15

NEW LONDON, Conn. – To remember the tragic loss of life when the RMS TITANIC sank after a collision with an iceberg 98 years ago, the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol will host a memorial ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia at 6 p.m. on April 15, 2010.

This event will be held in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, where 121 of the more than 1,500 victims were laid to rest.

The event will include remarks from the Commander of the International Ice Patrol; the dedication of three wreaths that will later be deployed from a U.S. Coast Guard patrol aircraft over the North Atlantic Ocean; and the laying of a bouquet of flowers at the gravesite of an unknown child.  The wreaths have been generously donated by the Titanic Historical Society, the Titanic International Society, and the White Star Line Restaurant.

The creation of the International Ice Patrol (IIP) was a direct result of the loss of the RMS TITANIC.  The mission of the IIP is to monitor the iceberg danger near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and provide the limit of all known ice to the maritime community.  Since the inception of IIP following the sinking of the TITANIC, not a single ship heeding Ice Patrol warnings has collided with an iceberg.

The public are encouraged to attend.

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