An Ode to the United States Navy

Time is passing
but I remember the sea
and the endless oceans of my past.
Being on aircraft carriers
and tin cans
like the sailors of the past,
who traveled far and wide
to distant lands.
Both in peace and war
to defend our nation
for you and me,
from dangers and perils.
For it is these things
that are their stock and trade.
For today's Navy is poised
for more adversity.
For the risks ahead
for men and women
being readied
for the toils ahead.
And to fight for what is right.
For it is the spirit don't you see
the reason to be,
that stirs such as these
who are protecting you
and me !
By Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

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