Listen to THIS while reading this post!!!
Without a decisive Naval force we can
do nothing definitive – and with it,
everything honorable and glorious.
George Washington to Marquis de Lafayette, 15 Nov 1781
Today, October 13th, we celebrate a birthday. We pause to celebrate the great heritage and birthday of the United States Navy; a formidable force in war, a potent power in peace, a respected adversary in conflict, an effective deterrent to war, and a welcomed means of compassionate assistance to those whose misfortunes make the Navy the means of their survival and hope.
On October 13th, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution creating the Continental Navy. For two-hundred and thirty-seven years, men and women have accepted the rigors of our nation’s naval service. For as long as our men and women have gone to sea in ships, they have felt the awesome urging and mystery which takes them from those they love, and to whom they long to return. They have known that life lived only for one’s self is too constrictive, they have taken up arms for lives more precious than their own. The sailor’s dedication to successfully sail the unobstructed seas is celebrated today on the birthday of the United States Navy.
Today, we celebrate the maturation of thousands of young Americans who, because of their service in the U.S. Navy, have sharpened their understanding of responsibility and honor. We celebrate the countless hours of selfless sacrifice and devoted service evidenced by those of our Navy. We celebrate the patience of those who accept without protest the hardships of shipboard life: living with seasickness, undergoing lengthy separations and enduring cramped living environments.
America’s fighting men and women of the United States Navy, standing on guard over the free world, are held together by a common bond; their love of life and liberty for ourselves and for our loved ones. When hostility and conflict threaten the stability of peace, when turmoil and chaos erupt around the world, the Navy is forward deployed and positioned as a floating fortress of men and machines blanketing the globe, striving to make the world a better place.
Today, their valor is commemorated and we properly honor their outstanding service. The men and women of the United States Navy devote themselves to the fullest accomplishment of their every responsibility. Their nation looks to them with pride and as a model of excellence in execution of every task. We celebrate this glorious day with deep gratitude.
Today, we share the mystical experience of the sea so hard to describe to someone who has never known it. We share the disciplined training in preparing for events we hope will never happen. We share their sadness at leaving those they love and their joy in returning to them again. We share their conviction that no other job would be quite so satisfying as serving at sea with men and women we respect and admire. We share their sense of adventure in looking forward to new ports and, as yet, unsailed seas.
Throughout history, the seafaring men and women of the U.S. Navy, heroes one and all, have always stood at the ready. By sea and by air, the U.S. Navy has always answered duty’s call. From the sailors on deck to the skilled pilots of fighter jets, the men and women of our Navy work with one goal in mind: to defend freedom wherever it may be challenged.
They’re out to sea for sometimes six months or more leaving behind friends, loved ones and the comfort of home. They brave the mighty oceans around the far-flung corners of the globe never knowing where duty may call; the duty to protect America’s liberty. They courageously do what every sailor in the United States Navy has done before; at the ready for duty, ever vigilant, and prepared to defend America.
As Americans, knowing that these valiant heroes are protecting us with unyielding courage and honor, should give us great comfort. The Department of the Navy, as a portrait of honor and service, speaks to the patriot in us all.
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country’s Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.
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