Why “Lest We Forget”
U.S. Navy (Jeffry A. Willadsen)
There are two kinds of sailors in today’s Navy. One is the individual who sees the Navy as a job. He or she might be a career sailor who is planning on staying until retirement or someone who might stay in the Navy only long enough to earn money for college, to see the world, or to develop skills that later can be used in the civilian workplace.
The other kind of sailor is the individual who sees the Navy as something more—much more. These sailors recognize that they are part of something special, that they are unique individuals who see and do things differently from civilians and even from their counterparts in other military services. They embrace their heritage because they understand they are continuing an honorable legacy that is the result of the service and sacrifice of those who have worn the uniform before them, and that they are privileged to wear that same uniform.