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BM1 David Samaniego Navy Retirement

Boatswain Mate First Class David Samaniego retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of faithful and dedicated military service. David's final military tour was aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS RAMAGE (DDG 61). He chose to have his retirement ceremony at an appropriate setting, capturing the heart and soul of a Boatswain Mate, aboard the flight deck of the battleship, USS WISCONSIN (BB 64). The USS WISCONSIN is a decommissioned battleship which serves as a museum, berthed next to Nauticus at the National Maritime Center in Norfolk, VA.

David's wife Evelyn, stood proudly by his side as she did his whole Navy career. Their four children, Ashton, Ethan, Charlotte and Penelope, received their appreciation certificates for supporting their father while he served and was away on many deployments. David's mother, sisters, and brother flew in from California to be part of this customary event. They were smiling ear to ear and are so proud of David's accomplishments during his naval career.

As a military spouse myself, it is near and dear to my heart to attend or participate in ceremonies, such as a retirement. Emotions run high and can be bittersweet. One of my all time favorite traditions is the passing of the flag known as "Old Glory." It's a beautiful presentation where the American flag is passed hand to hand by individuals representing the ranks the retiree has held while in service. The poem "My Name Is Old Glory", written by Howard Schnauber, is read aloud while the flag is being passed prior to presentation. This is a very touching ceremony, never a dry eye in the room.

Fair winds and following seas shipmate!

Proud Navy Family!

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