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US sailors ceremonially fold seven US flags during a memorial ceremony for the sailors killed in a collision with between a US destroyer and Philippine cargo ship this month (AFP Photo/MC2(SW) Raymond D.
Diaz III)Thousands of flag-waving mourners lined the streets of a US naval base in Japan Tuesday where a memorial service was held for seven sailors killed in a collision with a cargo ship this month.
Wreaths with red, white and blue flowers, representing the colour of the US flag, lay on a stage below their pictures.
Before the ceremony, more than 2,000 people including members of the US Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force lined the streets inside the base waving flags and saluting the crew and their relatives, the navy said in a statement."It’s stunning, absolutely stunning, while we mourn the loss of the seven sailors, that more were not lost, and it was the heroism of the entire crew that ensured that was the case," US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said, according to the statement."There was no understanding of what had happened at the moment of impact.
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