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established 1945

The Fleet of Flowers is an annual event, happening each Memorial Day since 1945, when it was started to remember two local fishermen - Roy Bower and Jack Chambers - who died while attempting to rescue a troller caught in a storm.


Every year since we have gathered to honor those who have been lost at sea. The event has evolved since its conception to include members of the Armed Forces, fishermen, and firefighters who sacrificed their lives to serve others.

A parade of wreath and flower-bedecked boats passes under the Highway 101 bridge, which is lined with spectators. The vessels head just offshore where they form a circle. As they place their flowers in the water a military helicopter drops a wreath in their midst.

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