A crowd of nearly ten thousand gathered on North Hutchinson Island on Saturday, to witness the celebration of the 25th Annual Muster at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum grounds in Fort Pierce, Florida, according to a feature on TCPalm.com.
The museum grounds mark the location of the site where the first Navy Frogmen – members of the Underwater Demolition Teams – trained in World War II. The festivities on Saturday included a mock mission, Black Hawk helicopters, and a performance by the Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team.
In attendance was Admiral Eric T. Olson, commander of the Special Operations Command in Tampa, who delivered remarks. Veterans from various branches of the military, as well as their families, were also there. Chris Cassidy, NASA astronaut and former SEAL, was also in Fort Pierce to present the special memorial coin that he carried with him on his mission.
Saturday also marked the arrival of the team led by former SEALs Mike Badger and Rob Rambeck, who went on a 42-day charity bike ride which began in Coronado, California, in an effort to raise money for fallen SEALs and their families.
Families and loved ones of fallen SEALs were able to preview the Navy SEAL Memorial, the only one of its kind dedicated specifically to Navy SEALs who lost their lives. The names of SEALs who have died since the Second World War are engraved on granite panels, which are part of the memorial.
As in other celebrations of the Annual Muster, active duty and retired SEALs took time out to bond and build friendships.