Press Release - Remembrance of the Fallen on the USS Cole, Honoring Seaman Lakiba Palmer
Sept. 24, 2018

Press Release - Remembrance of the Fallen on the USS Cole, Honoring Seaman Lakiba Palmer



September, 2018

Remembrance of the Fallen on the USS Cole, Honoring Seaman Lakiba Palmer

San Diego, CA – On October 12th 2000, the USS Cole was attacked by terrorist while refueling in Yemen. Seventeen sailors died that tragic day and many other sailors were injured.

Seaman Lakiba Palmer was one of the sailors that died on that day. Seaman Palmer was one of the first female sailors to die in action aboard a U.S. Warship, also one of the very first African American sailors to suffer that fate. Seaman Palmer grew up in San Diego, California and her family still resides in the City of San Diego.

Friday, October 12th, 2018 will represent the 18th anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole. Through the combined efforts of the City of San Diego, National Black Veterans Association, American Legion, California Department of Veterans Affairs Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Division and our Congressional Representatives. A tribute has been organized to honor the memory of these sailors that paid the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country. This will also be an opportunity for a special remembrance of San Diegan Seaman Lakiba Palmer.

CalVet Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Perez who first met Seaman Palmer in bootcamp and went to Naval training together in 1997-1998, was compelled to put this event together because of the impact Seaman Lakiba Palmer made on her life. It has been an inspiration to Elizabeth in her working on the behalf of California Veterans. With the full support of the Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s Military and Veteran Liaison Darnisha Hunter, Deputy Secretary Perez was able to put the ceremony together to remember the 17 sailors who perished that tragic day and to honor San Diego native Seaman Palmer.

The ceremony will be held at the Bow on the Deck of the USS Midway located at 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101. It will begin promptly at 10 AM to include color guard, invocation, Navy Band, and a variety of speakers. All are welcome.

Master of Ceremonies Elizabeth Perez and introduce all speakers. Invited guests include:

  • Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer.
  • City Council President Myrtle Cole.
  • Assembly member Shirley Weber.
  • Dr. Hendrix, President of National Black Veteran Association.
  • Dr. Vito Imbasciani, Secretary, California Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Confirming keynote speaker Vice Admiral Brown.

Governor Brown will be giving a private letter to the Palmer family.

CONTACT: Speakers will be available for one-on-one interviews.

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