COLUMBIA, S.C. (NNS) -- Gov. Mark Sanford officially proclaimed Sept. 20-28 as Navy Week during a joint press conference with Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Sept 25.
"This is about simply saying 'thank you' to all of our Sailors and veterans for their service and about recognizing the incredibly important role the Navy has played in South Carolina, both historically and today," said Sanford.
Sailors representing Navy Recruiting District Raleigh and Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Columbia stood with Goodwin and at the press conference in the rotunda of the South Carolina State House.
"The men and women who serve our Navy are the finest our nation has to offer," said Goodwin. "Governor Sanford, it is a great honor for me to accept this proclamation on behalf of them and for all those who have served our Navy since its founding."
Navy Week kicked off Sept. 20 with a military appreciation ceremony in front of more than 76,000 fans and a national pay-per-view audience at the University of South Carolina football game against Wofford College. Sailors from across the Midlands have participated in a variety of community outreach projects including "Caps for Kids," Habitat for Humanity, visits to area high schools and the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center in Columbia.
This Navy Week is one of 22 Navy weeks planned across America in 2008. Navy weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they have made in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.
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