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Port of Beaumont
News Release
Monday, May 15, 2017

Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont to Celebrate National Maritime Day
A memorial ceremony commemorating National Maritime Day, National  Armed Forces Day,
and National Transportation Week

BEAUMONT, Texas — On May 22, 2017, the Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont, located in the Port of Beaumont, will honor the men and women who have built our country through involvement in the maritime industry, transportation industry and the armed forces. The Seafarers’ Center will host a memorial service in recognition of National Maritime Day, National Armed Forces Day, and National Transportation Week, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Port of Beaumont propeller, located at 1225 Main Street.
National Maritime Day serves as a day to recognize those who have contributed to the success of ports around the nation. As economic engines in their respective communities, ports bring the country considerable growth in terms of jobs, economic development, goods movement and international competitiveness. The industry and individuals honored on this day propel the growth of the United States forward and keep this great nation on an upwards trajectory in terms of economic growth.
“National Maritime Day affords us the opportunity to express our gratitude not only to the men and women who ensure the Port of Beaumont continues to thrive, but to those who contribute to an industry that this nation was built upon, that directly impacts millions of Americans each and every day,” says Port Director & CEO, Chris Fisher.
Armed Forces Day and Transportation Week are important to the Port of Beaumont and the Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont on several levels. As the number one Strategic Military Port in the nation and home to the 842nd Transportation Battalion, the port fully appreciates the importance of the armed forces in successfully transporting military units overseas for combat operations, training, and humanitarian efforts, and is grateful for the opportunity to give members of the armed forces and the transportation industry the recognition they deserve.
The impact the transportation industry has on our nation’s economic wellbeing cannot be overstated.  “As a Port that boasts access to, and relies upon, an extensive rail network, a deep-water channel, and access to major highways, we have a deep appreciation for those who work every day to keep America moving safely and efficiently,” says Fisher.
The memorial service is a public event that will pay homage to the merchant mariners, past and present, who have contributed to the growth of one of our nation’s most important industries. In addition to the memorial ceremony, the Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont will recognize members of the 842nd Transportation Battalion in appreciation of National Transportation Week and National Armed Forces Day and the City of Beaumont will present a proclamation.

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