Remember the Maine Day 2024: Every year on February 15, people commemorate Remember the Maine Day, honoring the 266 crew members who perished when the US battleship U.S.S. Maine capsized in Cuba without warning. After an enigmatic explosion on February 15, 1898, the ship capsized. This resulted in a naval blockade, political unrest, and eventually a declaration of war.
Remember Maine Day History
Among the first battleships built in America was the U.S.S. Maine. After much consideration, the Naval Advisory Board decided to proceed with building the “Maine” and “Texas,” two warships weighing 6,000 tons each. These were regarded as being in a class by themselves and represented important advancements made by the U.S. Navy.
In order to defend American interests during the Cuban War of Independence, the Maine traveled from Florida to Cuba in January 1898. In Havana Harbor, the ship experienced an explosion on February 15, at 9:40 p.m., approximately three weeks later. The boat immediately plummeted to the bottom of the harbor, leaving behind wreckage. 266 of the 355 crew members on board perished in the crash; 260 passed away instantly, and six more later passed away from their wounds.
The devastating event prompted an immediate search for the cause. Although the official cause of the explosion remains unknown, there were a number of widely accepted theories. The American press jumped on the U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry’s conclusion that a mine was the cause of the explosion. Despite the lack of evidence, America held the Spanish responsible for the explosion. Americans were enraged by this, and nationwide cries of “To hell with Spain, remember the Maine” could be heard. Even though it wasn’t the only reason behind the war with the Spanish, it did foster mistrust and a hostile atmosphere. Ultimately, in April, the United States launched a successful war against Spain. Cuba gained independence in December after a treaty ending the war was signed, though there was still a lot of US influence.
Subsequent inquiries suggested that the explosion and sinking of Maine might have been caused by something inside the ship. We cannot disregard the lives lost during the tragic event, even though the cause is still unknown. On February 15, we honor the 266 courageous individuals who lost their lives while defending their nation at work. Today is a day to honor Maine.
Observing Remember the Maine Day
See memorials to keep Maine in memory.
Make plans to visit one of the many locations honoring the state of Maine, such as the Monument to Victims of the Maine in Havana, Cuba; the Battleship Maine Monument in Bangor, Maine; the U.S.S. Maine National Monument in New York City; or the U.S.S. Maine Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. On this day, there are also patriotic bar crawls in Boston and New York.
View the video to keep in mind the Maine
You can look to Maine to observe the day from the comforts of your home. The Maine is featured in documentaries about the Spanish-American War and in photo collections of the state.
Study up on Remember the Maine
You can look up information about Maine if you’d like to know more about it. Learn about its construction, the incidents that happened, the various inquiries that were carried out, etc. It’s even possible to read a book about Maine.
- The Del Peral and De Salas investigation excluded a mine explosion based on some observations and determined that the coal bunker’s combustion was the most likely cause.
- The Sampson Board’s court of inquiry determined that, despite numerous contradictions in the witness accounts, a mine was the cause of the explosion.
- Vreeland Board’s court of inquiry After inspecting the shipwreck, the court of inquiry for the Vreeland Board determined that the explosion of magazines was the result of an external explosion.
- After speaking with naval historians and reviewing images and data, the Rickover investigation concluded that there was “no plausible evidence of penetration from the outside,” indicating that the explosion happened inside the ship.
- Advanced Marine Enterprises (A.M.E.) analyzed for the “National Geographic” investigation, but the findings were equivocal.
The significance of Remember the Maine Day
It preserves memories.
We must never forget those who gave their lives to keep us safe as we move forward. Even though the courageous men who lost their lives on the Maine may not be with us now, we must never forget them.
It serves as a prompt to be thankful.
The courageous soldiers who put their lives in danger every day to defend and serve us are truly heroic. This day serves as a reminder to be thankful for both them and their families, who give up something of their own to allow these officers to serve.
It helps us stay rooted.
A day like today helps us stay grounded in the past and serves as a reminder of the path that brought us to this point. The world as we know it today has a rich history, and the sacrifices made must be acknowledged.
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