Navy Victor Xray Echo Six is prepared to land. Grant us clear deck in the known world, for
the Pirates have conducted their final raid on the Icy Contenant, and are bringing their
treasures home. Treasures gained from the 44 years of soaring skies above terrain few
others have seen. Treasure born of devoted and courageous aviators sharing a mission
unlike any other, and the memories of what we did together for the benifit of humankind.
Though we as a squadron will not fly Antarctica again in planes, we will continue the
flight in the stories we have to tell.
For like any aviators before us,
we have loosed the surly bonds of earth and been blessed to reach out and touch your face.
But we have also held your hiddin handiwork in trust, and seen crystalline sparkles of
what could almost be your frozen tears of joy from the day of creation. Some of our own
tears remain there also, for so do the spirits of our comrades who did not return with us.
May their memories be ever sacred in our hearts as we remember their sacrifice, and as we
pass this trust of your treasures on to those who will continue the adventures we must
leave. Bless all who discover the wonders of your creation, and keep them safe wherever
they now go in your name and mercy, Amen.
Chaplain Mark W. Smith