When do you celebrate Navy Day?
On October 13th or on October 27th?
Why is there any question, you ask?
Well, historically, the day was celebrated on October 27th because that was the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt, a huge supporter of the modern Navy.
But, it was discovered in the 1970s that the "birthday" of the Continental Navy was actually on October 13, 1775, and so CNO Admiral Elmo Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define THAT date as the new date of Navy Day. However, Navy Day in the United States is still largely recognized as October 27.
Traditions are hard to break. But, no matter - Having two ginormous birthday cakes can never be a bad thing ...
Happy Birthday, US Navy and Naval Reserve!!
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 foreign shores,
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
Blue of the mighty deep Gold of
God’s great son
Let these colors be till all of time
Done, done, done, done.
On the seven seas we learn Navy’s stern call:
Faith, courage, service true,
With honor, over honor, over all.