Murray Mason, President was in the Chair. Ceremony was opened by the Standard - Bearer, Mrs. Riordon, bringing in the flag.
The state or quality of being free; a exemption or liberation from the control of some other person or arbitrary power; liberty; independence b being able to act, move, use etc. What a beautiful word. A gift endowed upon us. Our birthright as an American citizen. Freedom has a very special meaning to me.
I know what the price of freedom is. It does not come without a very high cost. Every man, woman, and child who lies their head down each night in peace, does so because some other American, at some time, layed down their life for them.
I know this because I lost my dad in Iraq on May 2nd, He was a Navy Seabee sent there to help rebuild a country. He was killed, along with six of his fellow comrades when their camp was mortared.
I will never forget the day that the Naval Chief and Chaplain showed up at my front door. I was only seven at the time but the words about to be uttered would change my life forever.
I knew something very bad had happened. So much tyranny has been fought against through the years. On September 11th, our beloved nation was attacked. Today we continue to fight for our most sacred possession.
The right to live as a free people.
With freedom comes responsibility. Envied by many, challenged by some. We must never become complacent. We have a duty to preserve our way of life. It is how we repay our debt to our fathers and forefathers. It is ironic how people perceive freedom. So many take this precious gift for granted. Yet there are many others who are deeply grateful.
In the last six years I have had the opportunity to meet some really special people. Some have been celebrities or military figures. There are a lot of people who have lost someone who can never be replaced.
But I would trade all of that in a moment to get my dad back. Because none of that can fill the gap left in my heart when he died.
My dad and I had many great memories that never will be forgotten. Although I get really sad sometimes, I am so thankful to have known my dad. Some children were born afterward and never got that chance.
So when I see the flag waving or hear the Star-Spangled Banner or pledge my allegiance to the flag, I feel a real sense of pride.NORFOLK, Va.
– A Sailor died at Naval Station Norfolk on August 10, the Navy reported. year-old Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Joshua Johnson was assigned to Naval Computer and.
WASHINGTON (NNS) – Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson presented awards to the winners of the CNO Naval History Essay Contest . His essay, “ Guadalcanal Proved Experimentation Works ” earned second place in the Chief of Naval Operations Naval History Essay Contest.
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