By Chaplain Ron Reid
The Chaplain’s Corner
Dear Shipmates and Friends,
It’s been a long time since we all have been together, sharing and laughing, at our association reunion, having missed this year.
With hope and blessings that we will be together in 2021, it is uplifting and healthy for us to take on an optinistic view, that all will come together, and we will be together in Nashville in 2021.
Diane and I think of all of you often, and share memories of past reunions. Some memories are very moving, and some are just plain fun.
Every year we end our reunion holding hands in a circle singing Old Lang Zyne. There are tears in almost every eye, and a warm circle embrace as we say – next year in ___!
The funniest incident I remember took place in Mobile Alabama, aboard the USS Alabama. At the end of the Memorial Service, our wreath was cast onto the water. Looking down at the wreath floating with the current, we were all surprised to see a local alligator chase the wreath
down the canal. Everyone laughed, and Diane and I still tell reminisce about the good times in Mobile and the camraderie of old friends.
I’m sure you all can agree what good times we have had and what good friends we have met, and what good sharing we have of the days, we, as shipmates, spent aboard our ship defending our country.
Greeting to And we will have those good times again.
“All shall be well, All shall be well, And all manner of things shall be well”.
And she was right.
God bless us all, and may He continue to bless these United States of America.
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