BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard base in Boston is hosting a ceremony to bless the wreaths and hundreds of thousands of rose petals that will be scattered where the Titanic sank 100 years ago.
The ceremony Tuesday includes Titanic historians and Bishop J. Kevin Boland of the Apostleship of the Sea in the United States. The Coast Guard Cutter Juniper will then head to the Titanic's North Atlantic resting site.
On Saturday, members of the International Ice Patrol will cast five wreaths into the sea from a Coast Guard plane in memory of the victims. Crewmembers of the Juniper will also spread 1.5 million rose petals that day.
The Titanic's April 1912 sinking led to the creation of the International Ice Patrol, which the U.S. Coast Guard has operated since 1913.