Yesterday was a really good day. I was proud to have represented the Pittsburgh Council of the Navy League at the inactivation ceremony for the USS Pittsburgh. Tomorrow’s post will contain the speech Captain Jason Deichler made to commemorate the day.
This morning, I woke up to my phone ringing. My First Mate was calling to remind me that I needed to get moving. The difference between east coast time and west coast time has really been a challenge this time. Must be getting old. Or maybe the Captain was right yesterday when he called me a Crusty Warrant.
Shortly after Debbie and I spoke, I got a fantastic burst of deja vu. Outside my window, I heard the amplified sound of one of the greatest pieces of music of all time. The time was 0800. The music of course was the sound of freedom and liberty.
For the uninitiated, at 0800 every morning, colors is executed at Navy and other bases all over the world. Then they play a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
I stood at attention at my window and let the music wash over my spirit. My career slowly floated back to me. Boot camp. A school. Sub School. Charleston SC. Pearl Harbor. Five submarines, a drydock and a sub tender. They played the song the day I retired.
Now it was playing again at the submarine base where I once worked. I felt a surge of pride. My career has long since been over but that music still plays on. For the men of the USS Pittsburgh, a reminder. Even as the boat has been inactivated, the Navy and the country she served will continue to go on. As long as there is freedom, that song will resonate wherever the Navy serves. That made me smile.