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Lone Sailor Statue Outreach Program
The Lone Sailor statue is the iconic symbol representing the United States Navy Memorial’s mission to Honor, Recognize, and Celebrate the men and women of the Sea Services, past, present, and future; and Inform the public about their service. These meaningful statues provide a reminder to active duty, veterans, and civilians that they serve a grateful nation.
The Navy Memorial's Statue Outreach Program began in 1997 with the placement of a Lone Sailor statue at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL. There are fifteen Lone Sailor Statues around the world, including the original on the Navy Memorial Plaza in Washington, DC. The United States Navy Memorial's Statue Outreach Program is two-fold, there is city statue program and a ship statue program. To learn more about how you may have a statue installed in your city or on your ship, contact Brenda Osuch.
Lone Sailor Statue on Hawaii
Our newest Lone Sailor statue was dedicated on 13 October 2017 - the Navy’s 242nd birthday. This statue stands watch over the USS Arizona Memorial, a resting place for those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.
Lone Sailor Statue on Guam
Guam is known as the “Ellis Island of the Pacific” because it has served as a gateway to America for so many. Our next statue will be a reminder of the historic and lasting relationship those refugees, including generations of Vietnamese-Americans, have with members of the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, who rescued thousands at sea and built infrastructure on Guam.
Who is the Lone Sailor?
The Lone Sailor signifies the men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the Navy. He’s called the Lone Sailor, yet he is hardly ever alone. He is about 25 years old, a senior second class petty officer who is fast becoming a seagoing veteran. He has done it all -- fired weapons in war, provided humanitarian assistance in far-away lands, been attacked by the enemy and defended our freedom. He has made liberty calls in great cities and tiny villages where he was a tourist, ambassador, adventurer, friend and missionary to those less fortunate. His shipmates remember him with pride and look up to him with respect.