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Fleet of Flowers in Depoe Bay
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May 27 2013

On Memorial Day, each year since 1945, Depoe Bay has hosted the FLEET OF FLOWERS. This colorful ceremony is recognized as one of the most impressive observances held in the United States. The event was initiated to honor the memories of two fishermen, Roy Bower and John Chambers, who died at sea in an attempt to aid another fisherman.

Each Memorial Day, thousands of visitors come to Depoe Bay to join with residents in mourning the death of loved ones; especially those who lost their lives at sea, or who were buried at sea.

Following an on-shore ceremony at Depoe Bay Harbor, the fleet of flower-laden boats passes under the Highway 101 bridge.

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