Commissioning Ceremony for USS George H.W. Bush (Norfolk, VA)
As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Norfolk, VA, Saturday, January 10, 2009.
Mr. President, Mr. Vice President, Governor. It is a special pleasure to be here with the Bush family, and so many distinguished military and civilian leaders, on this historic day.
There is no one more worthy of having the last Nimitz-class aircraft carrier named in his honor than our 41st President--the last of the World War II generation to serve as commander-in-chief. By now, everyone knows the story of a fledgling pilot so eager to serve his country when it was attacked, and so brave in the heat of battle. Less well known is that, as a 17-year-old, he considered joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. He thought his …
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