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American Merchant Mariners Memorial Plaque

  • Location: Breakwater extension, section D
  • Description: Plaque on base
  • Materials: Bronze, granite
  • Cast: 1991
  • Dedicated: October 8, 1991
  • Fabricator: A. Ottavino Corp.
  • Donor: American Merchant Mariners' Memorial Inc.
  • Inscription: AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINERS' MEMORIAL / DEDICATED TO ALL MERCHANT MARINERS WHO HAVE SERVED AMERICA FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR THROUGH THE PRESENT DAY. / IN THE PROSECUTION OF WAR AND IN PURSUIT OF PEACEFUL COMMERCE, UNRECOGNIZED THOUSANDS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AT SEA. / THEIR SACRIFICES HAVE HELPED SECURE AMERICA'S LIBERTY AND PROSPERITY. / THE SCULPTURE WAS INSPIRED BY A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE VICTIMS OF A SUBMARINE ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MERCHANT SHIP / DURING WORLD WAR II. LEFT TO THE PERILS OF THE SEA, THE SURVIVORS LATER PERISHED. / THIS MEMORIAL SERVES AS A MARKER FOR / AMERICA'S MERCHANT MARINERS RESTING IN THE UNMARKED OCEAN DEPTHS / IN RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION / U.S. SENATOR JOHN O. BREAUX / U.S. REPRESENTATIVE WALTER B. JONES --- U.S. REPRESENTATIVE HELEN DELICH BENTLEY / U.S. MARITIME ADMINISTRATOR CAPTAIN WARREN G. LEBACK / AMERICA'S MARITIME LABOR --- AMERICA'S MERCHANT MARINERS --- AMERICA'S MARITIME INDUSTRY / BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY / AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINERS' MEMORIAL INCORPORATED / LANE KIRKLAND, CHAIRMAN --- REAR ADMIRAL THOMAS A. KING, USMS (RET), PRESIDENT --- BOARD OF DIRECTORS & MEMBERS / GOVERNOR MARIO M. CUOMO, STATE OF NEW YORK --- MAYOR DAVID N. DINKINS, CITY OF NEW YORK /

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