As part of a commemoration of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Titanic Historical Society, the Titanic International Society and Titanic Museum Attractions hosted a wreath and rose petal blessing in Boston on Wednesday.
After the ceremony, the 5 donated wreaths and 1.5 million dried rose petals departed Boston aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Juniper. The petals and wreaths will be cast over the Titanic‘s resting site on April 14. Several cruise ships are also scheduled to stop at the site over the weekend.
Members from the Coast Guard-led International Ice Patrol will cast the wreaths from a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J Hercules aircraft.
Juniper crewmembers will spread the rose petals at sea.
Since August 2011, visitors to the Titanic Museum Attractions were handed a rose petal to be individually placed in a glass case in remembrance of the passengers and the crew of the Titanic.