Today, Senator to Attend Dedication for USS Thresher Monument at Arlington National Cemetery
ARLINGTON – Ahead of today’s dedication for the USS Thresher Monument at Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:
“A little more than 55 years ago, 129 men tragically lost their lives aboard the USS Thresher. The USS Thresher Monument at Arlington National Cemetery will serve as a lasting tribute to their tremendous sacrifice, and it is an honor to join in its dedication. I’m incredibly grateful for the efforts of Hooksett’s USS Thresher Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Foundation that enabled this monument to become a reality. As we pay tribute to the brave men who perished aboard the USS Thresher, we are evermore reminded of and thankful for the service members who put their lives on the line for our country every day.”
A nuclear-powered attack submarine, the USS Thresher was constructed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and departed Portsmouth in 1963 – but sank off the coast of New England the next day, with all 129 men on board losing their lives. Following advocacy from the Hooksett-based nonprofit USS Thresher Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Foundation as well as Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, and members of the New England congressional delegation, today marks the official dedication for the USS Thresher monument at Arlington National Cemetery.