October 13, 2022
Our Navy Turns 247!
On October 13th, 1775 during the early days of the American Revolution, the world was introduced to the United States Navy, which was known as the Continental Navy back then. It consisted of just two armed vessels tasked with waging tactical raids against the transports that supplied British forces in North America.
Nearly two and a half centuries later, our Navy has grown to become the largest, most advanced, and deadliest sea-based fighting force the world has ever known.
In 1972, the Chief of Naval Operations then, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, designated October 13th as the Navy’s official birthday, directing all navy personnel to “enhance [the] appreciation of our Navy heritage” and reinforce “pride and professionalism in the Naval Service.”
This year marks our Navy’s 247th birthday. The central theme is “On Watch — 24/7 for 247 Years,” highlighting our Navy’s enduring ability to remain fully ready to respond to and effectively deter outside threats.
The U.S. Navy remains the strongest navy in the world. It is equipped with 480 ships, 50,000 non-combat vehicles, 290 deployable combat vessels, and more than 3,900 manned aircraft. Its combat vessels include 11 aircraft carriers, 92 destroyers and cruisers, and 59 small surface combatants and combat logistics ships. Its submarine fleet is made up of 50 attack submarines, 14 ballistic missile submarines, and four cruise missile submarines.
As for the number of active personnel, the U.S. Navy estimates that there will be a total year-end strength of 346,300 members in the fiscal year of 2023, with nine admirals and 33 vice admirals.
Navy Birthday is the most appropriate time to honor the men and women of our nation’s naval force, both retired and still on active duty. Our active Navy personnel are responsible not only for maintaining and manning combat-ready warships, submarines, and aircraft to protect our nation, but they also perform peacekeeping and rescue missions. Our Navy veterans also did the same thing during their time. We might not even be here right now if it weren’t for their invaluable service.
What You Can Do to Thank Our Navy Personnel
Planning to do something special this Navy Birthday? If you think our sailors deserve more than a handshake or a shoutout on social media, Veteran Car Donations has compiled the following list of things you can do to genuinely show your appreciation and gratitude to the men and women of our Navy:
- Offer your skills or expertise.
Think of the skills you possess that could be beneficial for the former sailors in your community, particularly those who are having trouble finding civilian jobs. For instance, if you specialize in marketing, you can offer your expertise to an ex-Navy member who’s looking to work in sales.
- Hire a former sailor.
If you happen to work in any kind of managerial position or you own a business, consider hiring someone who used to serve in the Navy. Though they might not have any experience in the civilian workforce, the skills they’ve acquired from the service will no doubt be a valuable asset.
- Send a Navy care package.
Do you know of a deployed Navy member? Whether they’re a friend or relative of yours, you can celebrate Navy Birthday by boosting their morale and touching their heart by sending them a care package that contains essentials like food, toiletries, and personal care, as well as entertainment items such as books, games, and maybe even electronic gadgets. Don’t forget to leave a personal handwritten note!
Here’s an Extra Special Way to Celebrate Our Navy’s Birthday
One of the most meaningful ways to celebrate Navy Day is by extending assistance to the struggling Navy and other military veterans in your area. You can do this by simply donating any vehicle you no longer need to us at Veteran Car Donations. Such a donation will bring positive changes in their lives.
Our team will put your vehicle up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran and military nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to improving the lives of former U.S. service members who are homeless and impoverished, unable to find jobs, and suffering from disabilities as well as serious illnesses, including mental disorders.
Our nonprofit partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, scholarships, and other services meant to uplift their lives.
Donating to Veteran Car Donations will enable you to receive valuable rewards, such as getting entitled to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season and getting a professional pickup and towing service from us anywhere in the country at no cost to you.
More valuable than these material rewards, you’ll get to experience the priceless joy and satisfaction of doing something that will help uplift the lives of our nation’s heroes — those men and women who put their lives on the line so we can live in freedom and peace.
We take almost all types of vehicles, regardless of how old or worn-out they are. Aside from standard cars, we also accept RVs, motorcycles, scooters, boats, jet skis, golf carts, snowmobiles, ATVs, company trucks, and many others.
For more information on our vehicle donation program, head over to our FAQs page. Should you have any inquiries or concerns, feel free to call us through our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 and one of our donation specialists will walk you through our quick and simple donation process. You can also contact us here.
Show Our Disadvantaged Heroes There’s Still Hope!
Turn this year’s Navy Birthday into an unforgettable event for the suffering veterans in your community. Your vehicle donation will help transform their lives. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out this secure donation form now!