In a startling display of laziness, I have put up March's page today, March 28. It contains....nothing! I promise I will get April cranking out as usual...
One of my favorites:
> This is an e-mail from a young ensign aboard USS Winston Churchill
> (DDG-81) to his parents. (Churchill is an Arleigh Burke class AEGIS guided
> missile destroyer, commissioned March 10, 2001, and is the only active US
> Navy warship named after a foreign national.).
> Dear Dad,
> We are still at sea. The remainder of our port visits have all been
> cancelled. We have spent every day since the attacks going back and forth
> within imaginary boxes drawn in the ocean, standing high-security watches,
> and trying to make the best of it. We have seen the articles and the
> photographs, and they are sickening. Being isolated, I don't think we
> appreciate the full scope of what is happening back home, but we are
> definitely feeling the effects.
> About two hours ago, we were hailed by a German Navy destroyer, Lutjens,
> requesting permission to pass close by our port side. Strange, since we're
> in the middle of an empty ocean, but the captain acquiesced and we
> prepared to render them honors from our bridge wing. As they were making
> their approach, our conning officer used binoculars and announced that
> Lutjens was flying not the German, but the American flag. As she came
> alongside us, we saw the American flag flying half-mast and her entire
> crew topside standing at silent, rigid attention in their dress uniforms.
> They had made a sign that was displayed on her side that read "We Stand By
> You." There was not a dry eye on the bridge as they stayed alongside us
> for a few minutes and saluted. It was the most powerful thing I have seen
> in my life. The German Navy did an incredible thing for this crew, and it
> has truly been the highest point in the days since the attacks. It's
> amazing to think that only half-century ago things were quite different.
> After Lutjens pulled away, the Officer of the Deck, who had been planning
> to get out later this year, turned to me and said, "I'm staying Navy."
> I'll write you when I know more about when I'll be home, but this is it
> for now. Love you guys.
Another awesome shot