Nearly 50 years ago, the worst submarine disaster in history occurred in the Gulf of Maine.
The USS Thresher, built in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine was the most advanced naval vessel of its day.
On April 10, 1963, the Thresher took its last dive and 129 men, many from Maine and with connections to Maine perished in service of their country.
The tragedy resulted in the SUBSAFE safety program to ensure that this disaster will never be repeated.
The memory of that loss lives on in our community and in order to always maintain that memory, the citizens of Kittery are dedicating a permanent memorial to the sacrifice of those lives.
We invite every person in this chamber to the dedication of this Memorial on April 7 in Kittery, Maine to commemorate this tragic event in our nation's history.
Today, in the Gallery we have present some members of the families who lost their loved ones in their sacrifice to our country.