Our country has a long history of burial at sea. During wartime this was a common practice for often a fallen comrade was far from home and shipping the body was impractical. Refrigeration was not available so the body needed to be disposed of quickly. Historically, burials at sea were often done to prevent the spread of diseases.
Today, it is often the choice to have one’s ashes scattered at sea because of an attachment to the sea through service with the Merchant Marines, Navy, or Coast Guard or just a love of the sea. It is often much less expensive than interment in a burial plot.
The Last Watch is seeking a 501c (3) © designation and is a not-for-profit organization. From inception, it has relied upon the generosity of volunteers, donors, and sponsors as The Last Watch does not charge a fee for the burial at sea military service.