Destroyer Escort Day


WHEREAS, during World War II, Destroyer Escorts were a special class of fighting ships capable of a wide range of combat assignments, including anti-submarine duty, convoy escorting, radar picketing, shore bombardments, search and rescue missions for downed pilots and ship-wreck survivors; and

WHEREAS, 563 Destroyer Escorts were built between 1943 and 1945, including 13 at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard; and

WHEREAS, even though Destroyer Escorts are no longer in active service, the value of their contributions to the United States lives on in the memories of destroyer escort sailors and the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association; and

WHEREAS, sailors will gather together in Roanoke, Virginia, on July 18, 2014, to hold a memorial service for the courageous sailors lost at sea and to those who have passed away; and

WHEREAS, this day is an opportunity for Virginians to remember the essential role of Destroyer Escorts and celebrate the bravery of the sailors who proudly served aboard them during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and throughout the Cold War;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize July 18, 2014, as DESTROYER ESCORT DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.