The following is an announcement from the U.S. Maritime Administration:
(WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., as part of the U.S. Department of Transportationâ€™s National Maritime Day observance, U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda will award six posthumous Merchant Marine Medals to the family of Richard Oliver Kelleher, a merchant marine who was killed during World War II. Matsuda will present the medals to Richard Kelleherâ€™s brother, Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines.
Established by Congress in 1933, National Maritime Day is Sunday, May 22, and honors the contributions of the American merchant marine. It is a day set aside to observe the nationâ€™s maritime heritage and recognize the industryâ€™s contributions to the nationâ€™s economic and national security.
Who: U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda
What: National Maritime Day Ceremony
When: 10:00 a.m.
Where: West Atrium
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,