The Lone Sailor - The United States Navy Memorial, Washington DC
On Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue sits the impressive United States Navy Memorial.
This Memorial is designed around the 100-foot diameter granite map in the amphitheater floor. This map is made from a two inch layer of granite which weighs 27.71 pounds per square foot, and covers some 7,853.98 square feet to weigh in at 108.82 tons.
Dedication. The United States Navy Memorial
In Honor of those who served to Forge
The Heritage of the United States Navy
In trubute to those who perished to provide peace
And security for out maritime nation
In Gratitude to those now serving.
Also embedded in the granite floor are these words spoken by President John F. Kennedy, on August 1, 1963 at the United States Naval Academy, Anapolis, Maryland.
Any man who may be asked in this century
What did he do to make his life worthwhile...
Can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction,
"I served in the United States Navy."
Bronze Relief Sculptures
The Lone Sailor.
Dominating the granite floor is a huge bronze statue of the LONE SAILOR, together with his Sea bag. The founders of the Navy Memorial envisioned :
The Visitors Center
You descend stairs against the backdrop of the Wave Wall, which carries in illuminated relief, the profiles of 32 ships that span over 200 years of US Naval History. You now enter the Quarterdeck, where a granite frieze recalls the names of great battles, inlaid in gold. Yorktown,Tripoli, Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal. At the end of this frieze the Persian Gulf gets a mention, before the freize ends, and we run out of space, there are the hopeful words NO MORE WARS.
Waters from the Seven Seas. Waters salted from the Seven Seas of the World, flow down a seven- step cascade on the corner pools of the Memorial.
The Gallery Deck
Here in The Navy Memorial Log, are recorded the name, date and place of birth, dates of Navy service and highest rate or rank of any person entered in the Log who serves now or who ever served in the Navy. By the mid 1990's almost 200,000 Naval veterans, and their active shipmates, or their families, had each contributed $25 or more to record their names and service details into this unique document.
US Presidents Room
Who are the Navy's Presidents?
Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt served as Assistant Secretaries of the Navy, Presidents who served in Naval uniform included: John F.Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George Bush.
They are all honoured in this room with portraits depicting them at the time they served in the US Navy.
Arleigh and Roberta Burke Theater
The seating here can cope with 241 people, and has seating for up to 9 handicapped patrons.
The Ship's Store
On my last visit in September 2001, I succumbed to purchasing a small cushion, embroidered with: DON"T GIVE UP THE SHIP.
This refers to:- The new Skipper and his ship USS Chesapeake were clearly no match for the British frigate HMS Shannon during their encounter in the war of 1812. Mortally wounded at the outset of the brief fight which ended in the capture of his ship, Lawrence was carried below uttering to his crew a battle cry that would inspire and save generations of sailors in battle but not his own command. Three months later in the battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry used the months later, in the battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry used the words of Lawrence on one of his battle flags.
You will be rewarded for your effort!