On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marines Corp and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.
Please say a prayer for our troops today and in honor here are some of the various anthems of our armed services.
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.
I think I had to sing Anchors Aweigh over a hundred times during Chief’s initiation. I would wake up and have that song echoing in my head. And in the interest of military ecumenism here are other military hymns.
Two Sleepy Mommies also posts a Navy Hymn called “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” that also includes verses for the other services.