Navy Ball 2019
On October 5 2019, the U.S. Navy League Singapore Council celebrated the 244th birthday of the U.S. Navy. This year, the theme is “No Greater Honor”, a true display of the commitment of all our brothers and sisters of the Sea Power. The ball was graced by Rafik Mansour Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy in Singapore.
As with our tradition every year, our emcee for the night brought our attention to a small table was placed in front of the stage as our way of symbolizing ship mates missing from our midst. The small table symbolizes the frailty of one prisoner against his/her oppressors. The white table cloth symbolizes the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. The single red rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and the loved ones of our comrades in arms who keep faith awaiting their return. The yellow ribbon tied prominently on the vase is symbolic of our determination to demand a proper accounting for our missing. The slice of lemon on the bread plate reminds us of their bitter fate. There is salt upon the bread plate, symbolic of the family’s tears as they wait. The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us tonight. The chair is empty, they are not here. At the ball, we remember these POWs and MIAs, those we call comrades, shipmates, our brothers and sisters. For surely, we shall never forget them. For we took a moment to remember those who have given so much to earn the freedom that we treasure today.
The gala would not have been possible without the contributions of generous sponsors, members, community partners, and affiliates. All combined to make it a great event.