Reputedly the only memorial service that honors and remembers those who are lost at sea, Cayucos Rotary is proud to be the sponsor of this annual event since 2009.  This is probably our club's most emotional community service project.

Each year, fishermen, veterans and civilians honor and remember all who fought, and anyone else who has been lost at sea.  The ceremony has grown from about 100 curious eyes to almost 400 prior to Covid.  Local agency officers, like County Supervisor Bruce Gibson, County Sheriff Ian Parkinson, and even past Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian had come to officiate the event. Today, the event is co-organized by the Lost-at-Sea Committee with representatives from Cayucos Rotary, Morro Bay Rotary, Cayucos Lions, Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen's Organization.  The Coast Guard is on hand to help as well.

The ceremony starts with a flag salute, prayers,  recognizing all veterans in attendance, followed by the ringing of the Bell, and each service group's representative gets to say a few words. Thereafter a bagpipe team leads the march out onto the pier, where each of us gets a chance to touch the two gigantic wreaths of remembrance before they get tossed to the sea.  The event finishes with a couple of flyovers sponsored by the Cayucos Lions Club.

Last May, due to Covid, Cayucos Rotary continued the tradition and held a smaller ceremony.  This Memorial Day, Cayucos Rotary has secured the permits, and will once again, be integral to gathering all to observe, honor and remember our dear lost ones. Join us at 1500 hours at Cayucos Pier, on Memorial Day, May 31, 2022, to participate in this memorial event.