May 5th the US Navy christened and launched the USNS Cesar Chavez,
naming the cargo ship after the civil rights leader and union
activist. It is the 14th Lewis and Clark-class of dry
cargo/ammunition ships and a bold move.
According to the Navy’s website, “Continuing the Lewis and Clark-class
tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers, the Navy’s
newest underway replenishment ship honors the memory of
Mexican-American civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Chavez served in
the Navy from 1944-1946 after which he became a leader in the American
Labor Movement and a civil rights activist who co-founded the National
Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.”
No doubt the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, will take a lot of heat
for this choice. But, the deal is done and the USNS Cesar Chavez
carries a message simply and powerfully by virtue of its name.
Is there a person that you would like to honor publicly, a cause that
you care for? If so, find a way to say so publicly and let the world be
the richer for your spirit.