THOMASVILLE — Please allow me to express my sincere thanks to the citizens of Thomasville and the surrounding towns for the astonishing tribute that you paid to my fellow Sailor and serviceman last Friday. As a visitor to your town I will admit to being overwhelmed at the expression of reverence and respect for Senior Chief Blake McLendon. Before I traveled to Thomasville I read that residents had been asked to fly American flags in honor of Senior Chief McLendon and his family. Little did I understand that thousands would come, stand at attention and salute this hero as his funeral procession passed.
I regularly travel across our country and as often as possible do so in uniform. When I do, it is not unusual for strangers to greet me and thank me for my service. I tell the person that they are welcome and how lucky and honored that I am to be in the United States Navy. I know that the citizens of the United States appreciate the effort and sacrifice of our volunteer force but no experience prepared me for the honors that were paid to Senior Chief McLendon. I have never been prouder to be an American a nd I will not forget my visit to Thomasville.
Rear Admiral William Leigher
Deputy Commander, U.S. TENTH Fleet.
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