The Navy League in Memphis continues to be very active in support of the Sea Services, both in the Mid-South area and elsewhere. Each year, we contribute thousands of dollars to deserving units, individuals and causes.
The Navy League supports the Sea Cadets program which provides citizenship training and enlistment incentives for teens. Our local Sea Cadets unit is under the capable direction of LCDR Yancey Black. Sea Cadets is simply an outstanding youth development program!
Scholarships and special recognition awards are presented to students participating in the NROTC Units at the University of Memphis and the University of Mississippi. Annually, a service sword is presented to one outstanding NROTC student at each University.
Each Spring we sponsor an awards banquet where we recognize Mid-South Command Sailors of the Year, Marines of the Year and top Coast Guard representatives with monetary and recognition awards. A top Admiral is normally our guest speaker. The awards banquet is typically held in mid-April at the Memphis Country Club.
The Navy League Memphis Council also sponsors the USS Tennessee (SSBN-734) ballistic-missile submarine and the USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) guided missile destroyer
Each October, we host “Wine Under Wings”, a gala event at Wilson Air Center at the Memphis International Airport. This is Navy League Memphis’ primary annual fundraiser and has consistently been praised as a very enjoyable event by those who have attended. The gala is supported by Navy fleet aircraft on static display from Virginia-based squadrons and the Navy’s training command, as well as Coast Guard aircraft from the Gulf Coast, local antique aircraft and top quality wine vendors. In addition, there is a silent auction featuring a selection of interesting items, and the Memphis Knights swing band provides the musical entertainment. Over the years, this undertaking has afforded us the means to increase our financial support of local commands, scholarships, awards and other causes. Please note the date for this year’s Wine Under Wings in the “Events” section of the website and do plan to join us!
Navy League Memphis winds up the year with an annual Christmas Brunch in December, featuring a senior Naval Officer as guest speaker. At this event, we contribute to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots Program by bringing toys to be collected and distributed by local Marines and Sea Cadets. We also conduct our annual meeting where we present our new officers and conduct any necessary business.
Membership in the Navy League is open to anyone who is not on active duty, and we welcome those of you who might be interested. Please consider becoming a Member of the Navy League! Check the “Join Us” section of the website for details and a membership application. We look forward to seeing you soon.
David P. Sutton
President – Memphis Council
Navy League of the United States