I am a Plank Owner
of the United
States Navy Memorial Foundation. Plank Owner is a Navy term
for a crew member who was on board before a ship (or Organization)
was Commissioned. I became involved with the initial fund raising
for the Memorial in the early 1980s and have continued
to give my financial support over the years. I believe that the
Memorial serves the U.S. Navy very proudly and I shall do what
ever I can to support it in the future.
The Foundation celebrated it's Tenth Anniversary
of the opening of the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. in
1997. It is a beautiful tribute to Americas Sailors, Marines,
and Merchant Mariners. Located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue just
North of the Mall. The U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, is a not-for-profit
educational foundation. It was organized in 1977 for the purpose
of creating the Navy Memorial. Construction began in the mid
eighties and the memorial was opened on the Anniversary of the
founding of the U.S. Navy in 1987.
The center point of the Memorial is the 100 foot diameter granite
map of the world set in the plaza. A half-circle wall of 22 bronze
reliefs sets off the granite map, and there are pools and fountains
containing water from all the oceans and seas of the world. The
Lone Sailor statue stands to one side and watches over the plaza.
Another part of the memorial, located inside a nearby building
is, The Naval Heritage Center. Inside which is located the ships
store and the memorial log room which lists the names and service
records of more than 200,000 current and former Sailors and Merchant
Marines. Also within the building is the Arleigh and Roberta
Burke Theater. Here, many times each day the film AT SEA
is shown on two story by 52 foot screen.
The Navy Memorial is used by many members of the U.S. Navy for
re-enlistments and retirements. Numerous reunions are also held
here each year, and various Military bands perform on the plaza
throughout the summer.