Navy Ball celebrates creation of sea services


The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Courageous Division, performed the Presentation of the Colors at the recent Navy Ball at Indian River Colony Club. Photo by Darrell Woehler

When you start out a story by saying what Gen. George Washington did in regards to our Navy in 1775, you’d think it was about old sayings, old men and women, and old ships. But nothing could be further from the truth.

The men and women who celebrated the creation of the U.S. Navy and its Sea Services Family (Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines) at the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) Oct. 11, have vivid memories of more current times and events.

This year’s Navy Ball celebration was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945 and the 50th year since the beginning of the Vietnam War in 1965.  

Guests were escorted into the hall by members of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Courageous Division, who also provided the Color Guard for the Presentation of the Colors.

The Missing Man Tribute was presented by Cadet Harrison, with a special playing of taps, standing in partial sunlight with the Missing Man Table in a darkened background. The table is for a Comrade in Arms, not present, perhaps a prisoner of war.  

Guest of honor for the evening was Lance Corp. Carl Miller, a Vietnam veteran, who was severely wounded during the war, including the near loss of one arm. Miller presented 34 Vietnam veterans with a Vietnam War lapel pin and a proclamation signed by President Obama on the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.