Posts Tagged ‘Commitment’


To Our USN Veterans, We Have The Watch.

November 11, 2009

To All Veterans who have retired from the United States Navy, rest assured, as my husband, QM2 (SW) Felt has relieved you from your watch. He has taken YOUR guidance, YOUR wisdom, YOUR leadership, and YOUR honor, courage and commitment, to become a Sailor who proudly would give his life for what you preserved for all of us today. God Bless our Military, God Bless their families, God Bless our Military Veterans, and God Bless the United States of America.

To the Veterans who have served, I honor you.
To the Veterans who still serve, I honor you.
To the Veterans who we have lost, I honor you.
To the Veterans lost at Fort Hood, I honor you.

The Watch

For twenty years,
This sailor has stood the watch

While some of us were in our bunks at night,
This sailor stood the watch

While some of us were in school learning our trade,
This shipmate stood the watch

Yes…even before some of us were born into this world,
This shipmate stood the watch

In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen
brewing on the horizon of history,
This shipmate stood the watch

Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there,
Needing his guidance and help,
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times,
But he still stood the watch

He stood the watch for twenty years,
He stood the watch so that we, our families,
And our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety,
Each and every night,
Knowing that a sailor stood the watch

Today we are here to say:
“Shipmate…the watch stands relieved.
Relieved by those YOU have trained, guided, and lead
Shipmate you stand relieved…we have the watch!”

“Boatswain…Standby to pipe the side…Shipmate’s going Ashore!”

–William Whiting, 1860