Celebrate National Maritime Day



port of norfolk istock1National Maritime Day to Shine Light on Industry Safety

At the end of every May, families hit the beach to celebrate Memorial Day. Though the holiday has come to represent the beginning of summer, it was intended to honor the military servicemen and women who lost their lives in combat. While Memorial Day certainly gets the lion’s share of the nation’s attention in May, there’s another holiday to celebrate before the end of this month: National Maritime Day is May 22nd.

Established in 1933 to honor the first steamship’s crossing from the United States to England, Maritime Day is a time to celebrate all things nautical. Because our country has such a rich naval background, it makes sense to look back at all the accomplishments achieved by mariners throughout American history. Beyond military history, National Maritime Day is a chance for us all to consider the way the maritime industry impacts our daily lives.

The Journey to Your Doorstep

Consider the birthday present you might have recently ordered online. Chances are good, at least part of the gift was shipped overseas on a container ship. If you’re buying something from abroad, the package itself may have been loaded aboard a ship. Entire industries depend upon such ships to provide goods to people around the world.

Because this is a side to consumerism that we rarely witness first-hand, the men and women who make up the maritime industry are often sold short. Their jobs are inherently dangerous, with slippery decks, heavy machinery and unpredictable weather to contend with. Even when not in immediate danger, these workers are often far from home, away from their families for months at a time.

Inherent Danger, Inherent Risk

This National Maritime Day, take some time to learn more about the maritime industry and how it functions. You might be surprised to learn just how much of our daily lives are impacted by the work done by mariners. Of course, no one knows this better than mariners and their families. Self-advocacy in the face of hardship can be difficult, though, which is why Richard Serpe has spent his career fighting for the rights of maritime workers.

With a Masters degree (LLM) in maritime law, Richard has received the highest ranking possible (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. His office is located mere minutes from several local shipyards and ship repair facilities in Norfolk. If you or someone you love has been hurt while working in the maritime industry, there’s no better way to celebrate National Maritime Day than by scheduling a confidential consultation with our offices.



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