More than a thousand gathered
in the Newport church this day to honor one man. He wasn't
a senator, or congressman, or clergy or anyone "famous"
for that matter, yet he had touched hearts, changed lives
and brought smiles.
Like so many here today,
Captain Joseph X. (Jay) O'Brien was a fisherman. A young
man whose life was cut short by his one true love - the
As they gathered to somehow
put aside their sorrow in celebration of a life so well
lived, many were struck by the number of times they stood
In their hearts was a wish
- to pay monumental tribute for these friends, brothers,
husbands, sisters, daughters all of whom are now a loving
This day, this life, and
this celebration became the birth of an idea - The Fisherman's
Memorial; now the Mariner's Memorial Foundation.
Today, this idea is a reality.
A monument proudly stands in memory of all mariners who
lived and died with a love for the sea.