CLEVELAND (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. got Cleveland Navy Week started in grand style Aug. 28, as he met with local Sailors, received a proclamation from Mayor Frank G. Jackson, and threw out the first pitch at a big league ball game.
Harvey officially started Cleveland Navy Week with a ceremony at the museum of the decommissioned submarine USS Cod (SS 224) along the shores of Lake Erie.
"Although Cleveland is not my hometown," said Harvey, "I did grow up down the road a bit in Youngstown. And I am really excited to be home celebrating Navy Week in Cleveland."
Jackson echoed Harvey's enthusiasm, and presented him with an official proclamation naming Aug. 28 to Sept. 4 as "Cleveland Navy Week."
"It is my pleasure, honor really, to designate Aug. 28 to Sept. 4 as Cleveland Navy Week," said Jackson. He went on to urge Clevelanders to celebrate what the military does for them and all Americans to help maintain their way of life.
Harvey, in turn, thanked the mayor and presented him with a plaque for his support of the Navy's presence in Cleveland.
After the ceremony, Harvey led the Navy contingent on the field at Jacob's Field before the start of the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball game. In addition to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the game, he reenlisted 15 local Sailors before the crowd of 19,623 baseball fans.
Navy Weeks are held throughout the United States to give Americans who live in cities without a significant Navy presence the opportunity to see their Navy firsthand. The Cleveland Navy Week features a performance by the Blue Angels, the Navy's F/A-18 flight simulator, the East Coast Explosive Ordnance Disposal Dive Tank, and a visit by the Commanding Officer and Sailors from USS Cleveland.
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