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International submariner delegation honors Hunley crew

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In an international ceremony, a delegation of submariners from the United Kingdom will place a poppy wreath at the Hunley crewfs gravesite.

The ceremony will take place February 17 at 2pm at the burial site for the crew of the Hunley, Magnolia Cemetery.

In British culture, the poppy is a symbol of courage and sacrifice. The submarine veterans have sent the poppy tribute on the Hunley's anniversary every year
since 2004 when the Hunley crew was finally buried after being lost at sea for over a century.

This will mark the first time the actual British submariners have personally
travelled here to present their annual tribute.

Representing the Portsmouth Submariners Association, the veterans
organization operates out of a town on the southeast coast of England
with a deep naval heritage.

To mark the anniversary on their side of the pond, they open their meeting with a solemn moment of silence in memory of the crew of the Hunley and all submariners lost in peace and war.

The Association places an identical wreath at the National Submariner's
War Memorial in London on the River Thames in honor of all their fallen
comrades throughout history.

These modern day submariners and the pioneering Hunley crew of the 19th century may be separated by water and time, but they are also forever linked by those very same elements.

The wreaths are solemn yet beautiful symbol of that bond of courage and
sacrifice.

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