USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor

first_imgSailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held a ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay Dec. 7 to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.During the solemn ceremony, Rear Adm. Kevin Kovacich, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12 commander, Capt. Daniel Grieco, Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, Command Master Chief Bill Smalts, Theodore Roosevelt’s command master chief, and Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Alexis Russell, Theodore Roosevelt’s Blue Jacket of the Year, committed a wreath to the sea, honoring the men and women who lost their lives during the Japanese attack Dec. 7, 1941.Russell said that she was personally honored to be a part of the ceremony, which included a 21-gun salute.“I was actually born in Honolulu,” said Russell. “For me, personally, being given this opportunity not only highlights the Sailors who are remembered, but also highlights the unsettling grief that my home is reminded of every year on this date.”During the ceremony, Grieco said today’s Sailors are eternally connected to those who perished at Pearl Harbor as the Navy continues to defend freedom and democracy around the world.“We are the legacy of the unbound determination of people, such as the men on the deckplates, who fought to save their ships and shipmates,” said Grieco. “We owe it to them and the people we serve, not only to remember, but to be ready to forward deploy when our nation calls.”The ceremony started onboard Theodore Roosevelt at 7:55 a.m., the same time the Imperial Japanese Navy began bombarding Pearl Harbor. The attack killed 2,403, wounded 1,178 people and sunk or severely damaged eight battleships. The U.S. declared war on Japan the next day, officially entering World War II.Chief Information Systems Technician Joseph Wert was the lead coordinator for the commemoration.“The wreath laying is symbolic in that it draws much of its meaning from the burial at sea ceremony,” said Wert. “The ceremony allowed the crew to symbolically remember the deaths of those who perished at Pearl Harbor and honor their sacrifice by committing a symbol of that courage to the deep.”Wreath-laying ceremonies are a time-honored tradition, usually commemorating loss of life during battle. The wreath represents the honor, courage and commitment displayed by our fallen Sailors at Pearl Harbor.“The wreath itself is round and made of evergreen, symbolizing the eternal nature of our souls,” said Wert. “The red poinsettias symbolize the blood spilled and the courage displayed. The sash compels us to remember Pearl Harbor forever and to teach our children its hard-learned lessons.”The Sailors of Theodore Roosevelt continue to honor those killed or wounded at Pearl Harbor with their dedication to duty as they continue conducting carrier qualifications and prepare for future deployments.[mappress]Press Release, December 09, 2013; Image: US Navy Training & Education December 9, 2013 Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor USS Theodore Roosevelt Commemorates 72nd Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harborlast_img read more

Listen to Jerry Garcia Wail On ‘Mighty High’ From Previously Unreleased 1976 JGB Show

first_imgComing out August 19th, the new volume of the GarciaLive series focuses in on a great time in the career of Jerry Garcia. Taken from a performance in Palo Alto, CA on November 8th, 1976, Garcia teams with bassist John Kahn, drummer Ron Tutt, keyboardist Keith Godchaux and vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux for the performance. It was Donna who actually discovered this recording, which was thought to be lost for years. The tape was stored for decades in her garage!Garcia took advantage of the Grateful Dead’s mid-1970’s hiatus to truly explore new sounds and styles. Ever the open-minded musician, Garcia found himself dabbling in the gospel genre, and working up a cover of Mighty Clouds of Joy’s 1975 hit, “Mighty High,” for his solo band. While a studio version of “Mighty High” was recorded for Cats Under The Stars later on, this 1976 version is brimming with energy as Garcia infuses some disco grooves throughout.Listen to the new version of “Mighty High” ahead of the GarciaLive Volume Seven: November 8th, 1976 – Jerry Garcia Band album release, as premiered by Rolling Stone.You can also read more about this new archival release and listen to “After Midnight” here.last_img read more