As I've mentioned, the Mr and I are having a delightful visit with old Navy friends here in Jacksonville Florida. Yesterday, we went out to Mayport where we lived in the mid 80's on a beautiful stretch of beach where we walked everyday looking for shark's teeth, building castles with the kids, and generally enjoying life while our sailor husband/dad spent most of his time at sea.
We had a wonderful time with two busloads of retirees who had previously served on three different ships here in the area as we climbed up and around the USS FARRAGUT DDG 99 - a new and beautiful vessel. They had just returned from a 9 month overseas deployment but were more than gracious in proudly showing us around their ship. We met some outstanding young Americans who deserve every ounce of our support. We were all blown away by the safety advances and the steps the Navy is taking to help our young men and women maintain a happy and healthy life style while enduring the rigors of endless days at sea. Unfortunately, Tutu was too old-fashioned and thought that photos would be verboten, so I did not take my camera aboard. The photo here is an official Navy shot.
In the afternoon, we went across the base to the USS STARK Memorial for a service of remembrance for our departed shipmates. The weather was Mayport perfect...blue skies, gentle breezes, temps in the low 80s. The service was quite moving, and the reading of the long list of those who went before us, gave us all time to reflect on the tragedies our country continues to endure.
Tonight, we have have one final gala (after a water taxi ride across the river to attend a shorefront event). Then we're off tomorrow to the next adventure: Tutu's High School reunion.
I have been reading, but just haven't been able to generate the energy to put together good reviews. So be patient book friends, they're coming.