Recognizing and Remembering Sacrifice

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.  The picture below is the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) coming into Pearl Harbor.  If you look close, you will see sailors in dress whites manning the rails on the carrier which is a salute to the Arizona Memorial.

Every time my ship, USS WILLIAM H. STANDLEY (DLG-32), came into Pearl Harbor back in the late 60s we did the same thing.  It’s Navy tradition to recognize the sacrifice of the 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors who died on the USS ARIZONA (BB-39) on December 7, 1941 along with so many others on other ships in the harbor.

As time passes, it will be harder to remember their sacrifice, but I hope and trust the Navy will not.

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