"The Lone Sailor statue represents all people who ever served are serving now or who are yet to serve in the Navy. The Lone Sailor is a composite of the U.S. Navy bluejacket, past, present and future. He's called the Lone Sailor." This is a quote from the pages of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation Web Pages and it not only describes the Lone Sailor statue but also the mission of the U.S. Navy Memorial.
The bronze statue which is the most recognizable feature of the Memorial is the creation of Stanley Bleifeld. When the statue was cast, the bronze for the Lone Sailor was mixed with artifacts from eight U.S. Navy ships. The ships represent our Navy's history. There are artifacts from the Revolutionary War era the USS Constitution, and the Constellation; the steamer Hartford, the flagship of Admiral David G. Farragut; the Maine; the iron-hulled steamer/sailing ship Ranger; the World War II ships Biloxi, and Hancock; and the nuclear-powered submarine Seawolf. The last addition was the National Defense Service Medal. All of these artifacts are now a part of the Lone Sailor.
The statue of the Lone Sailor reminds me and probably many a former blue jacket of cold Norfolk nights waiting for a bus, standing on a pier, mid-watch underway lookout, or as the inport messenger of the quarter deck watch. I have spent many a cold night in just such a pose.
The U.S. Navy Memorial has a computerized log (now on the Internet) of individuals who have served in the defense of their country. If you want to be entered into the log or have a loved-one you want remembered, you must provide the required information to the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation. The cost of at least a $25 donation for a text only entry. You can include a picture for an additional $25.
I have included a link to the Navy Memorial Web Site and believe you will find the site of interest. When you are in the Washington area be sure to include a visit to your Navy Memorial. It is well worth your time.
"The official site of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation"
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