Wordful Wednesday

This past Friday my Uncle Jerry retired from the Navy after serving 31 years. So much of our Galbiso Ohana (family) came for this ceremony including a couple family members from Hawaii. It was a very touching ceremony especially when my baby brother relieved my uncle from his watch. As one Galbiso retires from the Navy, another Galbiso is just starting his career. WOW!
Thank you Uncle Jerry for your 31 years of service! We are so very proud of you.

The Watch

Aye mates,
For thirty one years,
This sailor stood the watch.

While some of us were in our bunks at night,
This sailor stood the watch

While some of us were in school learning our trade,
This shipmate stood the watch

Yes, even before some of us were born into this world,
This shipmate stood the watch

In those years when the storm clouds of war were seen
brewing on the horizon of history,
This shipmate stood the watch

Many times he would cast an eye ashore and see his family standing there,
Needing his guidance and help,
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times,
But he still stood the watch

He stood the watch for thirty one years,
He stood the watch so that we, our families,
And our fellow countrymen could sleep soundly in safety,
Each and every night,
Knowing that a sailor stood the watch

Today we are here to say:
"Shipmate...the watch stands relieved.
Relieved by those YOU have trained, guided, and led
Shipmate you stand relieved...we now have the watch!"

"Boatswain...Standby to pipe the side...Shipmate's going ashore!"

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Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a wonderful, memorable celebration your photos capture! Great to view!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I went to one of these ceremonies it is so moving.

sharonjo said...

Thank you to "Uncle Jerry" for his years of service to our country--31 years!! And God Bless all our service men and women and our veterans. Love to see the tradition being passed down in your family!

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