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In addition to the role of active participants, rituals may also include space for observers. The ritual allows the observers to understand the message or meaning of the occasion within the context of a lived experience. The public in attendance was invited to see the ship launch as more than just a spectacle. The ritualization of the experience connected this activity to the broader war effort and all of the deeper cultural associations it carried with it.

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In this photograph, a group of civilians watching a ship launching in the shipyard of the J.A. Jones Construction Company in Brunswick, Georgia. The shipyard and workers can be seen in the background.

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