The planned dedication of the nation’s first monument honoring merchant seaman--originally scheduled for today, in San Pedro--has been postponed to Maritime Day, May 22, 1989.
Although the statue is complete, construction delays at the park forced postponement of the dedication, said Ted Kedzierski, president of the American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee, a Wilmington-based group of merchant seaman who commissioned the memorial.
Nevertheless, the statue will be unveiled at a Dec. 12 ceremony at John S. Gibson Park, where it is to be mounted alongside a circular pool and fountain.
The statue, 22 feet tall, depicts two merchant seamen climbing a Jacob’s ladder after making a rescue at sea. It will honor merchant seamen veterans of all wars.