PETOSKEY (WWJ) – An 11-foot long cross, with an inset figure of Jesus measuring 5 feet and 5 inches, hand crafted in Italy, will be submerged about 21-feet into Little Traverse Bay Saturday, all in commemoration of those who died in water-related accidents.
Dennis Jessick, one of the organizers, spoke to WWJ about how this annual tradition got started.
“It was originally set down in 1962 to commemorate diving relating deaths, but since that time we have added on that it would be conducive and proper to say that this is a monument for all people, anywhere in the world, who have lost their lives at sea,” says Jessick.
“There are people from shore all the way to the annual viewing site. it’s currently in 22 feet of water and our viewing will allow the non-diving public to see a very unique historical monument,” Jessick says.
The 11-foot long cross with a 5-foot-5 inch figure of Jesus, was put in place in 1962 and moved to its current location in 1984.
Visitors can park at Sunset Park in Petoskey — viewing hours are until 6 pm.
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