MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Service members from Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain donned their formal best to celebrate the U.S. Navy's 237th birthday at the annual Navy Ball held at the Gulf Hotel in Manama, Bahrain, Oct 12.
During her opening remarks, Chief Hospital Corpsman Nekeia Borders the ball's master of ceremonies explained that Congress signed the U.S. Navy into inception Oct. 13, 1775, and it is only fitting that the ball be held on that day, annually celebrating Navy pride, history and tradition.
"Tonight we commemorate the 237th birthday of our great Navy, and it's proud history of valor that has been forged through strife and adversity," said Borders. "Tonight we celebrate the traditions that began long ago, traditions that bind us all together and embody our national power."
The ball highlighted many special events, including a formal colors presentation, a singing of the national anthem, and a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action remembrance ceremony.
The guest speaker for the evening was "The Lone Sailor" retired Lt. Cmdr. Daniel K. Maloney, who while assigned to the Pre-commissioning Unit Alabama (PCU-731) in 1984, was chosen to model for Stanley Bleifeld, the sculptor selected to create the Lone Sailor statue that is now the centerpiece for the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Maloney went on to talk about the history and making of the memorial, and explained that though he may have been the model used to create the statue, the statue itself represents all Sailors, past and present, who have not only donned a naval uniform, but all mariners who have sailed in service.
Following his speech, service members from all service branches of the U.S. Armed Forces along with members from foreign militaries danced and enjoyed the festivities long into the evening.
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