Veterans Day 2013 forth coming Arlington National Cemetery
November 11, 2011
L to R, Adm. Shear, Bear Holland, "Ice Pick" Lazzeri, EQCM Johnny McCully , FMC Holdcraft
L to R, Seabee Color Guard
November 11, 2008
Pictures from the ceremony
November 11 2007
There was a smaller than usual turn out for the Annual Veterans Ceremonies sponsored by the Navy Seabee Veterans of America , but for what we lacked in attendance we made up in patriotism, in front of the SEABEE Memorial.
The weather was once again cooperating with us with temperatures in the 40 degree range. Commander David J. Buchanan had welcoming remarks for everyone and Admiral Shear addressed the gathering. Three wreaths were laid, one by the Viet Nam Veterans, one by the Navy Seabee Veterans of America and one by NSVA members Admiral Shear and Force Master Chief of the Seabees James Fairbanks representing the CEC.
At the close of our ceremony we assembled at the Tomb of the Unknown for the presentation of the wreath by Vice President Cheney, and in the Rotunda where the Vice President addressed the Veterans. The SEABEE flag and American flag were carried by Joe Tack of New York and Rick Abernathy of Michigan, both men are retired Master Chiefs and volunteered to carry the flags.
The last ceremony to attend was the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown by the various Service Organizations. This year it was my great honor to represent the NSVA along with Vice Commander Bear Holland in presenting the NAVY SEABEE VETERANS of AMERICA’s wreath to the guard at the Tomb.
This is a very special day commemorating VETERANS all over the world for their contributions to keeping the world a safer place for us and generations to come. If you have never had the opportunity to attend the Washington D. C. Veterans Day Ceremony please make arrangements to do so, you will be impressed.
David J. Buchanan, Cmdr.