With the state reopening, the United States Submarine Veterans were finally able to have their annual memorial honoring those lost on the USS Tullibee.
The local veterans organization normally holds its memorial in March. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event had to be postponed.
The service was then appropriately rescheduled for Memorial Day Weekend.
The USSVI Tullibee Base of Biloxi gathers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Ocean Springs every year to read off the names and ring the bell for each of the 79 people lost on the USS Tullibee off the Coast of Japan during World War II. Tullibee Base Vice Commander Fred Holcomb said, “Well we remember because it keeps in mind what our military has done for the freedom and safety of our country and what we need to continue to do for the freedom and safety of our country. Those guys gave their all. We were there, but they were there permanently. It is our honor to remember what they did for us because we in this organization, we are all submariners that have served our country and have stood in harm’s way. And we know what sacrifices that they made.”
This memorial is just one of many that happened this weekend to recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.