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A space born out of grief transformed by a wall of healing with a path forward.
The mission of the Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Association is to build and maintain a Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Park in Lubec, Maine that provides a place of peace, reflection, and pride honoring those fishermen from both Washington County, Maine, United States of America and Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada who were lost at sea in pursuit of their livelihood.
We will also inform the public regarding the dangers fishermen face, ensure that the fishing industry is as safe as can be, and connect families of lost fishermen with resources available to them.
Local fundraising started in October of 2009 and the outpouring of support was incredible. People held yard sales, potluck suppers, and bottle drives giving the moneys collected to the Memorial fund. Along with donations, over $12,000 was collected prior to our incorporation.
Since then, fundraising continues. Over $72,000 has been raised since October 2009. Both a charity golf tournament and a lobster festival are held annually by local business owners with proceeds given to the Association. A brick paver campaign is also underway.
The site of the Memorial was owned by the State of Maine and the Town of Lubec. Our Association entered into a long-term renewable lease for the land so the Memorial could move forward.
Research is ongoing to obtain the names of lost fishermen that will be inscribed on the Memorial. The obtained names were read at the first Remembrance Ceremony held at the site in July 2011. Thus far, over 230 names of lost fishermen from our communities have been collected.
The park has been identified as an approved University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Project providing many hours of volunteer time to the Association.
The Lost Fishermen's Memorial Park has been designated as a scenic turn-around for the new Bold Coast Scenic Byway project.
These accomplishments are the result of volunteer efforts with no paid staff.