Dear US Navy:
I give to you my son. I held him as an infant; I hugged him as a boy
and through the years he has become my pride and joy.
I love him more than I can say, his life more precious than my own, but gone are the whims and notions of the little boy I had known.
For the years have passed so quickly from the time it all began
and now he'll stand before me with the conviction of a man.
He wants to be a Sailor, he states aloud with pride
as I try to sort out the emotions that I'm feeling deep inside.
A union of the uncertain fear, which I cannot control
and the allegiance that lies deep within my patriotic soul.
I trust that my years of guidance will serve as a strong foundation
as he performs the duties requested from his beloved nation.
God please guide him as he travels to the places our Sailors have bled
and walk with him through pathways where those heroes feet have tread.
Oh Dear US Navy, I humbly give to you, my son
praying you'll return him safely home when his work for you is done.