From left, Air Force Veteran Donna Archer, the Rev. Mark Hall, Army Veteran Jim Murphy and Navy Veteran Ron Janney say a blessing over the wreath that was then cast into the sea.
The Annual Lost at Sea Memorial Ceremony returned to the Cayucos Pier Plaza May 30 after being canceled the past 2 years because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ceremony was dedicated to the late Morro Bay City Councilman and Veteran, Robert “Red” Davis, who died in 2021 and was a member of the Lost at Sea Committee.
A crowd of about 120 gathered at the Pier Plaza for a solemn ceremony that honors all lives lost at sea — military and civilian, as well as the P.O.W./M.I.A.
Organized by the Lost at Sea Committee, the ceremony was begun in 2000 when Joe “Atascadero Joe” Eyraud pitched the idea to radio host and veteran, Bill Benica, suggesting there ought to be a memorial service for people who were lost at sea, because there is no cemetery or grave site to mark their resting place where family and loved ones can go to mourn. The first ceremony was held in 2002.