Last night media mogul Ted Turner quoted some of the “mine honor is my life” speech from “Richard II” after he accepted the Lone Sailor Award from the U.S. Navy Memorial at its annual gala.
Turner, the 74-year-old founder of CNN, received the award for applying the values he learned in the Coast Guard to his career and philanthropy.
The other honorees at the National Building Museum were Dan Akerson, the chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors Co. (GM) and a Navy veteran, and P.X. Kelley, the 28th commandant of the Marine Corps.
“We share a common understanding of service,” Akerson said.
Goat-cheese salad and beef tenderloin were served after the playing of songs of the marine service branches.
A moment of silence was observed for the Navy Yard shooting victims, who were slain just a short distance away.
Kelley, 84, said he has struggled with illness recently but was determined to attend the gala. “The mind is still a steel trap,” he said, after pushing a walker to get to the podium.
Kay Bailey Hutchison, the former senator from Texas, received the 2013 Naval Heritage Award for her leadership on issues affecting the military.
Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News.