USS WAYNE E. MEYER, At Sea -- Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) conducted a burial at sea ceremony on the flight deck Jan. 10 for 15 veterans.
Veterans from the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and the United States Army were committed to the Pacific Ocean during the ceremony.
“A burial at sea provides respect and honor for our shipmates who have gone before us and paved the way for what we still do in today’s Navy,” said Lt. Joshua Sherwin, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 tactical chaplain, who performed the chaplain services for the ceremony. “We stand there proudly and respectfully to thank those men and women for their service and render honors one last time as we commit them to the deep in the hopes that one day we will all meet again.”
Lt. j.g. Michael T. Murphy, Wayne E. Meyer’s navigation officer and Catholic lay leader, and Ensign Zachary A. Wasson, a Wayne E. Meyer main propulsion officer and Protestant lay leader, planned a traditional Navy ceremony to include a 21-gun salute, a color guard, urn and flag bearers and members of ship’s company to stand in place for the civilian family members.
“The number of Sailors who eagerly volunteered to assist in the Burial at Sea was astounding,” said Murphy. “Everyone knew that it would be an honor to be a part of the ceremony, and I was happy to have so many patriotic young men and women to conduct the ceremony with.”
The ceremony concluded with Sailors rendering honors while taps was played in honor of those committed to the sea.
“The Navy takes tradition seriously, and we think of those who served before us as family,” said Sherwin. “It gives the Sailors aboard an opportunity to say ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you,’ in addition to making it meaningful for their civilian family back on shore.”
Wayne E. Meyer is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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