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There’s two things about Memorial Day. First, it honors the fallen. Second, it reminds the living that they have to press on and fulfill the destiny and mission of those who are left behind.
So when one is trying to compress ten plus years of Navy experience into just a few, say three to five, minutes, how does one communicate what that time meant and how it changed a life and a person forever? From learning what to worry about aboard a submarine to why painting bilges actually matters, is there some way to show what it all meant?
The truth is that we look at things differently at 52 years old than we did at 22 years of age. Eyes don’t work as well, limbs don’t move as well, concentration fades and even beltlines seem tighter.
But for all of that, the lessons of those days stick with us in ways that surprise, even after so many years. We mourn the losses, but at noon we raise the flag to full mast.
And we go on in the knowledge that there is a purpose and meaning that transcends the ability to put into words.
Once upon a time, there such a thing as “Navy Day” celebrated across the United States. For what it’s worth, there was also an Army Day, but with the creation of the Department of Defense in the late 1940’s, President Truman directed all of the other days to be combined into a single “armed forces Day” to honor all of the Services AND the millions of Veterans who have served in them.
The President called upon the nation to display the colors at their homes, and to recognize the “skill, gallantry and the uncompromising devotion to duty characteristic of the Armed Forces in carry out their assigned missions.”
It is a day to celebrate all things Military.