Sunday, April 5, 2009

GONZALEZ Sailors Attend the 2009 Blessing of the Fleets at the Navy Memorial

Yesterday, afternoon a group of the best Sailors in the Fleet made an early drive up from Norfolk, Virginia to our Nation 's capitol to participate in the 2009 Blessing of the Fleets Ceremony at the Navy Memorial. This year marked the 18th iteration of the event held annually in conjunction with the Washington DC Cherry Blossum Festival. GONZALEZ Sailors proudly manned the fountain ring as Sailors from the Washington DC Ceremonial Honor Guard charged the fountains with waters from the seven seas. Afterwards, we took an opportunity to pose with the Memorial's signature Lone Sailor statue and even managed to get a photo with 94-year old Ruthanna Weber, a World War II Veteran and former WAVE. Stars and Stripes put together a nice article on the ceremony and Ruthanna's visit. Although it was a very long day, weather in Washington DC could not have been better as evidenced by some of the largest crowds I
have ever seen in the city. In the end, GONZALEZ Sailors had a chance to show off Navy excellence, briefly tour the capitol and even make a few new friends. - Captain

1 comment:

JTM said...

It was great having GONZALEZ Sailors at the Navy Memorial's Blessing of the Fleets ceremony on April 4 In Washington, DC. You and your shipmates provided a tremendously positive example of the best of the U. S. Navy to many hundreds of children, tourists, and Navy veterans.

THANK YOU for taking the initiative to come to Washington to be part of this inspiring ceremony. You added much to its success!

Toby Mack
Vice President
Navy Memorial Board of Directors