Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

Date: November 10, 2020

Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site

Event Description

This annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. At 4:30 pm,  the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell and the Naval Hymn is played. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit.

In 2020, a virtual ceremony will be held on social media platforms, and the beacon will be lit following the ceremony. The video stream of the beacon lighting will be provided by KBJR Duluth. Split Rock Lighthouse’s historic grounds will be closed. Visitors interested in viewing the beacon in person will be required to purchase a state park permit. They will then be able to view the beacon lighting from the shoreline in the State Park.

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Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting