What is the Lost Boats Memorial at Moonshine Mountain?
On June 7, 2003, the memorial created by Harrell Flowers to honor the submarines lost during their service to our great country, was dedicated.
The NC Subvets hosted the dedication of the Lost Boats Memorial, but because of rain the Mayor of Burnsville, Michelle Lawhern, allowed the veterans group to use a courtroom in the county building to hold the dedication ceremony.
Submarine Group 10, Kings Bay, Georgia sent the Command Master Chief Jeff Hudson to the ceremony to gIve a talk on the changing role of the submarines in the modern navy. Bill Whelan, a member of the Subvets followed by reading a speech. The preamble of the “Tolling of the Boats” was read by USSVI member Chuck Jensen. USSVI member Mike Burkholder read aloud the Lost Boats followed by a moment of silence for each of the Fifty-two submarines that ended up on Eternal Patrol during World War Two, having failed to return to their home port. A bell toll was rung after the name and a short description of service for each boat that was lost was read. A wreath dedicating the memorial was then presented, followed by several World War Two submarine veterans spoke about their experiences during World War Two. The playing of taps, a prayer and the singing of the Navy Hymn ended the ceremony. The following day, Sunday June 8th, several families gathered at the memorial and formally laid the wreath upon the memorial.