Coast Guard and others mark the anniversary of Black Sunday down at the pier

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A blustery Sunday made for a fitting forecast for the 56th anniversary of Black Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard and others met at the pier for a short remembrance ceremony.

April 30, 1967, a storm whipped up the waves on Lake Superior. Those waves swept three Halverson boys off the pier.

Three members of the U.S. Coast Guard attempted to save them. One of them, Edgar Culbertson, died trying.

His friend, Captain Tom Mackay, made sure to remember that sacrifice at the pier each April 30th.

Mackay died in 2021, but his family continues this in his memory.

The Coast Guard also named one of their sentinel class cutters after Culbertson.

Master Chief Justin Olson, from USCG Station Duluth, said he’s been working with the crew of the Culbertson to establish a good connection.

The cutter is stationed in Texas, and its motto is “Braving the Storm.”