Memorial Day, 2010
Final Day of Festival and Pease Greeters Event
This Memorial Day, the Schooner Lynx was able to participate in a unique local tribute to all of our Nations Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen and Airwomen. The Pease Greeters, a group of New Hampshire Veterans who welcome home all the service men and women at Pease International Trade Port (the Airport in Portsmouth), have been taking a fifteen stripe, fifteen star US Ensign aboard historic and modern ships for the past several years. Their flag, displayed in the concourse at Pease, has been flown aboard the US Frigate Constitution, the Maersk Alabama, and the USS Bainbridge.
Today, during a small ceremony the schooner Lynx was added to that prestigious list of vessels to have had the privilege of flying the Pease Greeter’s flag. The ceremony took place at nine o’clock, the very hour Francis Scott Key witnessed the changing of the colors above Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, the sight which inspired him to write the poetry for “The Star Spangled Banner.” With the replica War of 1812 era flag being hoisted aboard the replica War of 1812 era privateer, local vocalist Tenely Westbrook sang our National Anthem and another original composition entitled “Our Freedom Song” just before the vessel opened to the public.
In an interesting coincidence, the total number of visitors to tour Lynx today was 1814, to match the year “The Star Spangled Banner” was written.
Wishing you a Happy and Thankful Memorial Day,
The Captain and Crew of the Schooner Lynx