Aye mates, for many years; This sailor stood the watch.
While some of us lay about our bunks at night; This sailor stood the watch.
While others of us were attending schools; This sailor stood the watch.
And, yes, even before many of us were born; This sailor stood the watch.
As our families watched the storm clouds of war, brewing on the horizons of history; This sailor stood the watch.
This sailor looked ashore and saw his family often need his guidance, but knew he must stay because he had the watch.
For many years, he stood the watch, so that our countrymen and we could sleep soundly, in safety, knowing that a sailor would stand the watch.
Today we are here to say the watch stands relieved; relieved by those he has led, guided and trained. Sailor, you sir stand relieved.
We have the watch.
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