Celebrate National Maritime Day: May 22 with Memorial Day tie-in

May, 2011

“On May 22, 1819, the SS Savannah completed the first successful voyage by a steam powered ship across the Atlantic, shepherding in a new age of maritime travel and transport…. By the 20th century, the U.S. maritime trade was booming, fostering exchanges across the world and aiding our military at war….Today our maritime industry is a valuable source of skilled employment for American workers, contributing billions of dollars to our economy. It is also a critical part of our transportation system.”

The Congress, by a joint resolution, approved May 20, 1933, has designated May 22 of each year as “National Maritime Day, and has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation calling for its appropriate observance.” (quoted from President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation for National Maritime Day 2011)

See the entire Presidential Proclamation for National Maritime Day 2011 athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/18/presidential-proclamation-national-maritime-day .

Check out the following FCIT website regarding Florida’s Maritime History – Found in the Exploring Florida section: Pensacola Maritime History and Information Site

http://www.brownmarine.com/pensacola-maritime.htm Challenge your students to find maritime history about their city.

In the Clipart ETChttp://etc.usf.edu/clipart/index.htm) section of the FCIT website, search “SHIPS” – you will find 590 illustrations of ships and tools used on ships, like knots, compasses, and anchors. These illustrations would make great PowerPoint (or other presentation software) extension projects that students would enjoy creating and sharing. Remember, there are over 20,000 PowerPoint templates and Keynote themes for free at PRESENTATIONS ETChttp://etc.usf.edu/presentations/index.html .

Being so close to Memorial Day, Maritime Day is appropriate to recognize the accomplishments of the Merchant Marines in World War II. They were civilians, yet, they went to war and played a crucial role in the ultimate victory. See the site below for more information:

A Short History on National Maritime Day

http://www.marad.dot.gov/education_landing_page/maritime_day/maritime_day_history/maritime_day_history.htm

Incorporating DRAMA/THEATER:

A patriotic tribute via song, marching, and dialogue sharing information from any of the suggested information sites above would make for a grand celebration!

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