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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Anchors Aweigh

In 1906, Bandmaster Lieutenant Zimmerman was approached by Midshipman First Class Alfred Hart Miles with a request for a new march or fight song. Midshipman Miles was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1907. Miles and his classmates were eager "to have a piece of music that would be inspiring, one with a swing to it so it could be used as a football marching song, and one that would live forever." The two men reportedly worked out the tune and it was first called "Stand Navy Down The Field".

"Aweigh", meaning to raise or hoist, comes from the nautical phrase "to weigh anchor". The current lyrics, as revised by George D. Lottman, were adopted in the 1920s, and it is now recognized as the U.S. NAVY Anthem.

"Stand, Navy, out to sea, Fight our battle cry;
We'll never change our course, So vicious foe
steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll out the TNT, Anchors Aweigh.
Sail on to victory
And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray!

Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh.
Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.
Through our last night on shore, drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more,
Here's wishing you a happy voyage home. "

Now that should put you right in the mood for Rina's newest release Something Nautical.
Being a proud Military Mom, I just love the red, white and blue colors of this collection!
And this alphabet is so unique! You can create your own message with these signal flags!
Just click on the images to be taken to Rina's Store.
These are photos from my son Nicholas' graduation from his Naval Basic Training at Naval Station Great Lakes Illinois in 1999. The quote is from our very own Jeannie Moody at SBE.
(For a complete list of credits, click on images to be taken to my gallery)

I love my Sailor! Mama's Little Sailor (DS#2) is now a U.S. NAVY Chief!

More pages will be coming from this wonderful new collection by Rina Kroes!
Happy Scrappin!

3 comments:

Scoobie81 (Lisa) said...

What a fabulous post, Debbie!!! Informative as well as filled with love for your sailor!!!

Denise aka wererich said...

What an awesome post!!!!! I just might have to do one on the Air Force!!!! Thanks for the history lesson. Great layout!

Meisie said...

Awesome LO's Debbie! I totally LOVE the music(and history tidbit)...just amazing! Coming to your beautiful and interesting blog is something I love to do...thanks for a great place to visit!