Lone Sailor statue takes a stand in Hawaii

By Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Commander, Navy Region Hawaii will host a bell-ringing ceremony today, Oct. 13 at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument Visitor Center at 8 a.m. to mark the Navy’s 242nd birthday. Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, will provide the keynote speech, and the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band will perform.

The theme is “Seapower to Protect and Promote.” The USS Arizona bell will be rung nine times to mark the changing of the watch and the beginning of the Navy’s 242nd year.

The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on Oct. 13, 1775 by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, staffing and dispatching of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.

The birthday celebration will be followed by the dedication of the Lone Sailor statue. The Lone Sailor statue is the iconic symbol representing the U.S. Navy Memorial’s mission to honor, recognize and celebrate the men and women of the sea services. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. and is open to the public.

For more information on

the Navy’s 242nd birthday visit https://www.history.navy. mil/browse-by-topic/commemorations-toolkits/navy-birthday.html

For more information on the Lone Sailor Statue visit: http:// www.navymemorial.org/lone-sailor

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