Truman Celebrates American Military Through Crew Spirit Celebration

Story Number: NNS041206-17Release Date: 12/6/2004 11:00:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class (SW) Kat Smith, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- While currently deployed to the Persian Gulf for its second deployment in support of the global war on terror, Sailors and Marines of USS Harry S. Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 took a brief break from operations Dec. 2, to reflect on America's rich military history during a Crew Spirit ceremony.

The Crew Spirit ceremony was a time to remember lost fellow Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines, and understand the service the Sailors provide for the United States and the long line of heroism that they follow.

The ceremony began with a speech from Capt. James Gigliotti, Truman's commanding officer, and ended with remarks by Rear Adm. Michael Tracy, commander, Carrier Strike Group 10. Volunteers also read excerpts from some of America's great doctrines.

"We laid out the whole program to show America's response to challenges throughout the ages," said Lt. John Burnette, one of the chaplains stationed aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). "It shows the beauty and diversity of America and our unity. It shows how we can come together on the fundamentals set as Americans."

"We read from the Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address, Franklin Roosevelt's four freedoms and President Bush's 9/11 speech," said Burnette. "During a time when there are daily news reports of service members sacrificing their lives for the global war on terror, the ceremony reminded everyone of the enduring spirit the military instills in us."

"We also talked about the Code of Conduct," said Burnette. "While we're out here, it is possible that some of our fellow soldiers will be captured. The Code of Conduct is there to keep us strong in our efforts."

The initial ceremony lasted about an hour and was followed up by a movie night presenting "The Patriot," starring Mel Gibson.

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