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An unannounced “Fleet of Flowers” will cast off from Depoe Bay harbor Sunday morning, May 31. The event begins at 9 a.m. (Photo by Rick Beasley)
An unannounced “Fleet of Flowers” will cast off from Depoe Bay harbor Monday morning, May 31. The event begins at 9 a.m. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

DEPOE BAY — An unannounced and unofficial “Fleet of Flowers” will cast off from the harbor Monday morning, May 31.

The popular event was cancelled in 2020 during a statewide pandemic shutdown and not rescheduled to reboot until Memorial Day 2022. But organizers were unable to quell the desire for tribute to Depoe Bay’s heroic past and recent losses. On Friday, volunteers were busy draping the U.S. Coast Guard station with floral wreaths.

An unannounced “Fleet of Flowers” will cast off from Depoe Bay harbor Sunday morning, May 31. The event begins at 9 a.m. (Photo by Rick Beasley)
On Friday, volunteers were busy draping the U.S. Coast Guard station with floral wreaths (Photo by Rick Beasley)

“It’s going to be very low-key,” said an insider. “We’re just not ready for the big crowds, but it’s Memorial Day and we’re going to respect the tradition. We’ve lost some good friends in the last year. People are hurting, and this is our way of closure.”

The event, first held in 1945, is a procession to sea inspired by the loss of two volunteer rescuers — both commercial fishermen — in 1936. Until last year’s cancellation, the palpably patriotic event drew several thousand spectators and participants from around the nation.

The event begins at 9 a.m.

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Rick Beasley
Rick Beasley is a simple writer who collects sniper rifles for a hobby. During an astonishing publishing career that spans five decades and continues at Lincoln City Homepage, he has collected 17 awards for excellence in journalism from various organizations including nine first-place Best Writing awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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