Nestled in the heart of Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Naval Academy prepares our nation's future Naval officers for the rigors of sea duty and a career leading sailors in defense of American interests around the globe.
My old retired Air Force buddy, Bren, his family and I wandered Annapolis when he suggested we tour the academy. Once parked, we enjoyed a breathtaking view of the bay (I'm assuming it was a pay to the nearby river). Though cloudy, the the light shimmered across the rippled water and produced a beautiful view before the cold wind summarily ruined our ability to stay long.
We then walked the grounds and took in the sights of school buildings, dormitories, a few midshipmen (as the cadets are called) scurrying about the campus before stopping by the academy chapel basement where American founding father John Paul Jones is entombed in a stunning marble sarcophagus in a memorial dedicated to him and his service to the nation and the formation of our navy.
Bren and I then ventured up into the chapel sanctuary for a stunning view of light, stained glass and architecture before we wandered a few more places on the grounds.
The place felt very French architecture-wise, which marries well with the history that John Paul Jones was originally buried in a small French cemetery after his death there. He was later found and re-entombed beneath the chapel. I don't think that's why they designed the campus as they did, but it's interesting, nonetheless.
While the campus is not open to the public, it is certainly a fantastic place to visit if you ever might find yourself with the opportunity to go.