Commander, Submarine Group Two

USS Helena (SSN 725) Sailors stand at parade rest during a Memorial
Day service in South Berwick, Maine.

USS Helena Celebrates Memorial Day in

 South Berwick

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - Sailors from Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) led Boy Scout troops, bands, children and classic cars in the South Berwick Memorial Day Parade May 31.

Helena Sailors paraded the colors down the mile long parade route as the remainder of the contingent marched in step with South Berwick veterans from all branches of service.

The parade culminated at the All Wars Memorial, a memorial in South Berwick commemorating fallen service members. There guest speaker Cmdr. Paul Dinius, Helena Commanding Officer, offered an eloquent monologue.

Dinius spoke about the history and the origin of Memorial Day and implored the hundreds of onlookers to sincerely consider the meaning of Memorial Day, while paying homage to all who have given their life to this country.

Ensign Dave Bryant said, "He hit the nail on the head. This is what it is all about. It's great to see so many people out honoring service members passed."

The event was organized by South Berwick's VFW Post 5744, which rendered a perfect setting to honor those who served so fervently for this nation.

Helena, homeported in San Diego, arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Sept. 2, 2009 for extended maintenance including several system upgrades. Upon their arrival, Helena Sailors have donated their time and effort at several area events. Helena, named after Helena, Mont., was commissioned on July 11, 1987. Her motto is "Proud and Fearless.