(MPR) – The annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse is one month away. This year the historic site along Minnesota’s North Shore will welcome visitors back in-person for the ceremony.

It’s held each Nov. 10, on the anniversary of the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald in a Lake Superior gale, with the loss of all 29 men aboard.

During the ceremony, the names of the lost Fitzgerald crew are read as a bell tolls 29 times. Then it tolls once more, in memory of all lost mariners, as the lighthouse beacon shines out over the lake.

But last year the public could only hear the bell through speakers on their phones or computers, as the event was online-only amid the pandemic.

Hayes Scriven, site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse, said this year’s ceremony will be a hybrid — with the lighthouse grounds open to the public, and a livestream online for people who can’t attend.

The lighthouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 — a Wednesday this year — with the ceremony set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

For those who want to watch online, video will be streamed on the Minnesota Historical Society’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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