Dallas Council Wreath Laid At Lone Sailor Statue
Dallas, TX (September 2015)
Admiral (Ret) Cub Amos - President of the Dallas Council welcomed members and guests of the Navy League for a ceremony to honor all who served during World War II. Speaking to the group of Veterans and Members, Admiral Amos said, “The Lone Sailor Statue is a nationally recognized symbol of the United States Navy. The statues stand in honor of all people who have ever served in the Navy, Sea Services or who have been connected in any way to the sea.”
There are thirteen Lone Sailor Statues across the United States, one in Europe, and only one on private land, which is where members of the Dallas Navy League Council honored all who served during World War II. Harlan Crow placed this Lone Sailor statue on the bank of Turtle Creek’s Exhalt Lake to honor his late father -Tramel Crow, who served in the Navy during World War II.
The Lone Sailor Statue was designed and cast by Stanley Beifeld - 1924 to 2011. The statue is 7 feet tall and weighs over 800 pounds. Mr. Beifeld’s other related Navy statue is “The Home Coming”, which is located at the Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. Mr. Beifeld was recognized as Sculptor of the World in 2004.
On the banks of Exhalt Lake on Turtle Creek, members of the Dallas Council of the Navy League of the United States gathered to honor three members of “The Greatest Generation”, all who had been under hostile fire, and to acknowledge August 14, 1945 as the day World War II ended.
Captain Shep Stahel, USNR (Ret) began the celebration with the Invocation, and Captain Charles Grier, USNR (Ret) led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. The three World War II Veterans; Charles Alford - US Army, Senior Chief Dale Nelson - USN, and LT Commander CC Collie - USN each spoke about their experiences during and memories of the war. The Wreath was then laid next to The Lone Sailor Statue acknowledging all Veterans that have served this great nation. This was followed by the playing of Taps, which was the final honor paid to all those who served and give their lives during World War II. God bless them one and all!
About The Dallas Council of the Navy League
The Navy League is a civilian organization dedicated to informing the American people and their government that the United States of America is a maritime nation and that its national defense and economic well being are dependent on strong sea services - United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard and United States Flag Merchant Marine. To get involved, support the cause and learn more, visit http://www.navyleaguedallas.org.