Reservists Honor the Father of the Navy

Story Number: NNS051102-07Release Date: 11/2/2005 12:58:00 PM
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By Journalist 1st Class (SW/AW) Steve Bansbach, Naval Reserve Readiness Command Northeast Public Affairs

QUINCY, Mass. (NNS) -- Reservists from Navy Reserve Center (NRC) Quincy, Mass., honored the ghost of the father of the Navy by placing a wreath at his burial site inside the United First Parish Church Oct. 31.

This tradition marked the 270th birthday of President John Adams, one of the leading advocates for the creation of a continental Navy. Adams and his son, the sixth President of the United States John Quincy Adams, and their wives are all interred in the United First Parish Church.

This wreath laying ceremony is a nationally recognized event that started when Lyndon B. Johnson was president. Engineman 1st Class Donald Neuville has been involved in this ceremony since 2003.

"It's a honor to be involved in this ceremony," Neuville said. "If we weren't there, there would be no military presence honoring the father of our Navy."

The Navy's presence in this ceremony is very important to the town of Quincy, especially with the contributions that John Adams made to the Navy.

"The Navy has always been a big part in this event, and that is important since John Adams was president when the Navy was officially formed," Bill Westland, member of the Quincy Board of Governors, said. "The Navy has been involved since the beginning, and this tradition wouldn't be the same without them."

The United First Parish church is the only place that inters two former presidents. Reservists from NRC Quincy not only participate in John Adams wreath laying ceremony, but also honor his son, John Quincy Adams, with the same ceremony in July.

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