Originally named Armistice Day, the holiday was first celebrated in 1938 to honor the soldiers that served in World War 1. November 11th was picked as the date because the war ended at 11 am on 11.11.1918. Some think that we celebrate Memorial Day and Veterans Day for the same reason. There is, however, a subtle but essential difference between the two. While both honor our military personnel, the former is a day to remember and respect all the men and women who died serving our country in a war. Veterans Day celebrates those who are still alive and served in the forces at any time, during peace or war.
Today I am sharing some of my memories from the four years I served in the US Navy. (1979 – 1983)
The photos above and below were taken during boot camp.
Rhonda was my closest friend in boot camp, and we remain friends today. We cried on departure day.
I loved being out to sea.
I’m not out of uniform. We didn’t have to wear a cover (hat) while out to sea or indoors.