• Friday, August 16th

Come celebrate one of the most important events in Life-Saving local history with this special day at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site in the heart of Rodanthe. The rescue of the Mirlo was one of the most legendary rescues that was ever conducted by the US Life-Saving Service, and during this special day, visitors will dive deeper into this story courtesy of a wealth of activities that will fascinate visitors of all ages.

During the day, descendants of the Mirlo Crew, as well as local volunteers, will gather at the Life-Saving Station to share the story of the rescue as well as their family members’ memories of the event. In addition, the names of the crew members will be recited, and a flag will be raised in their honor to pay homage to their courageous efforts. The Mirlo was sunk by a German torpedo during WWI in 1918, and Captain John Allen Midgett and his crew launched into the water and saved 42 crew members. Numerous awards were presented to the brave crew members which included the Grand Cross of the American Cross of Honor, which has only been distributed 11 times. Celebrating an incredible feat, this day is worthy of celebration at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station