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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

U.S. Navy Day

Let us not leave this day without recognizing a very important event celebrated throughout America's history. Whether you were already aware of this event or perhaps learning it for the first time, mark it on your calendar to be revisited year after year. Any day, any time is the right time to learn more or remain in support of our military.

October 27 is...
U.S. Navy Day

The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The U.S. Navy has the world’s largest aircraft carrier fleet, with ten in service, four in the reserve fleet and three new class carriers under construction. The service has over 300,000 personnel on active duty and more than 100,000 in the Navy Reserve. It has 272 deploy-able combat ships and more than 3,700 aircraft in active service as of September 2015.
On this day in 2014, Awakenings posted Honor, Courage, Commitment, the celebration of U.S. Navy Day. Here we are a year later with celebration still occurring on this day as it has since October 27, 1949. Part of the earlier post is below. For the complete post, click HERE.

A Bit of History...

October 27th was suggested as a date to recognize the birthday of one of the Navy’s supporters who was Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897, Theodore Roosevelt. Before 1949 the U.S. Navy would send its ships to various ports for Navy Day, with 1945 having a large celebration; the President at the time (President Harry S. Truman) reviewed the fleet in the New York Harbor, and there are pictures of ships docked along the Hudson River for the celebrations.

Navy Day was last officially observed on October 27, 1949 when Louis A. Johnson directed that the U.S. Navy’s participation in such events would occur in May, on Armed Forces Day. He was the secretary of the newly created Department of Defense.

The Navy League was not affected by this decision as it is a Civilian Organization and they continued to organize events as before.

 These are the CORE VALUES of the United States Navy.

The American Flag and Navy Flag are flying honorably at the grave site of my dad. 

He served in the Navy and was on active duty during World War II at Iwo Jima.
Chester Clyde Lee, U.S. Navy
Nov 12, 1916 - July 17, 1997
 An honorable salute is also extended on this day to my husband, Jim, who is a U.S. Navy veteran. Thank you for your service, support and dedication to America. A humble recognition but from the heart!

Do you know the code by which Our Flag is flown?