MCPON’s Memorial Day Message

Shipmates and Navy families,

Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reconnect with our history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals we cherish. It is vital to recall how much was given to allow us the enjoyment of each day in freedom.

Ship's Serviceman 1st Class Samuel Hernandez-Moreno, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), pays his respects to a fallen service member buried at the Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial in Brookwood, England, on Memorial Day, May 29, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer L. Jaqua/Released)

Electronics Technician 1st Class Tracy Rico places an American flag at a gravesite at the Marysville Cemetery in Marysville, Wash., during a CPO 365 community relations project, May 23, 2013. During the event, Sailors maintained graves of veterans at the cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day. CPO 365, a year-long development and training program for 1st class petty officers, was first introduced in 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/Released)

Electronics Technician 1st Class Tracy Rico places an American flag at a gravesite at the Marysville Cemetery in Marysville, Wash., during a CPO 365 community relations project, May 23, 2013. During the event, Sailors maintained graves of veterans at the cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day. CPO 365, a year-long development and training program for 1st class petty officers, was first introduced in 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen/Released)

I encourage each of you in uniform and the dedicated families who stand beside you to take a well-deserved sense of honor in your own faithful service. Reflect and be proud, the dedication and commitment you display daily is a continued legacy to the men and women who gave their last breath defending the ideas and values that our nation holds close. From supporting homeland defense and deployments downrange with ground forces to participation in disaster response and months underway on ships, your role in every diverse aspect of our Navy’s mission is vitally important. We must never forget those things or ever take them for granted because it is patriots like you who will make us better through the next 237 years.

Theresa and I would like to give our heartfelt gratitude for your dedication, strength and support. We wish you all the best.

May God richly bless each of you, our nation and our Navy.

Happy Memorial Day shipmates!

Very Respectfully,
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens

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MCPON’s Memorial Day Message