KITTERY, Maine — Hundreds witnessed history Sunday morning as a 129-foot flagpole was raised to honor the U.S. Navy sailors and civilian heroes who perished aboard the USS Thresher 50 years ago.
For the 129 men whose lives were lost aboard the USS Thresher, a flagpole will stand tall in the center of Memorial Circle on U.S. Route 1 as a permanent reminder.
USS Thresher crew member Richard William Jones was remembered by his sister Betty Jones Stephenson as she shared her appreciation on Sunday for this occasion.
“I’m so thankful for everyone who arranged this. It was 50 years ago and people will now be reminded,” Stephenson said.
More than 314 contributors donated $138,0000 to the Thresher Memorial Project Group for the symbolic memorial.
Sen. Susan M. Collins was an honorary guest at the memorial service.
“This is a powerful reminder for those who perished. It is a magnificent memorial,” Collins said Sunday.
Vice Admiral Michael J. Connor, Submarine Forces commander, was also a special guest at the ceremony.
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