USS COD Submarine Memorial honored the men and women who built the 312-foot submarine 70 years ago with the crack of deck gunfire and the roar of Cleveland-built diesel engines this Labor Day on Cleveland's Lakefront.
The Labor Day Sea Show aboard the World War II submarine comes in response to the cancellation of the Cleveland National Airshow, normally held during the Labor Day weekend.
"We can't have a quiet Labor Day on the lakefront," said Paul Farace, director of the USS COD Memorial. "We decided USS COD would make some noise and smoke this year instead of jets to honor the workers who made America the Arsenal of Democracy in the dark days of the war.
The 312-foot long submarine started to fire hourly salutes from her 5-inch deck gun at 11 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. Her powerful GM diesels will be fired up at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Swing era music and dancing and a Rosie-the-Riveter look-alike contest at 3 p.m. will round out the day's festivities.
"COD was one of 275 submarines American industry built during WW II," Farace explained. "Women made up at least a third of the shipyard workforce who built her. The mobilization of workers to fulfill President Roosevelt's promise to make America the Arsenal of Democracy was a major factor in winning the war. We want to salute them for their incredible effort to defend our Nation."
The fully restored COD is open daily until September 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.