US Navy Names Ship After Harvey Milk
LGBT Rights icon Harvey Milk has been honored in yet another unbelievably high way by the government. This time around, it's the U.S. Navy that is showing Milk some love by naming a ship in his memory.
The slain San Francisco supervisor and gay rights icon was accorded one of the Navy’s highest honors Tuesday when the secretary of the Navy and a legion of gold-braided Navy brass gathered in San Francisco to declare that the Navy’s newest ship would be named in Milk’s honor.
The ship, a supply vessel that will bring spare parts and fuel to larger vessels in the fleet, hasn’t been built yet and isn’t expected to have a Champagne bottle smashed across its bow until 2021. But that didn’t prevent 200 community leaders, well-wishers and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus from gathering on a sun-splashed lawn on Treasure Island for a ceremony officially naming the prospective vessel.
“[It's] important to recognize and honor ... a person who stood for — and was killed for — justice, equality and freedom," said Ray Mabus, Navy secretary. “His assassin tried to silence that voice, but even after death, his voice still spoke."