"The Lone Sailor statue represents all people who ever 
served are serving now or who are yet to serve in the Navy. The Lone Sailor is a 
composite of the U.S. Navy bluejacket, past, present and future. He's called the 
Lone Sailor." This is a quote from the pages of the U.S. Navy Memorial 
Foundation Web Pages and it not only describes the Lone Sailor statue but 
also the mission of the U.S. Navy Memorial.

The bronze statue which is the most recognizable feature of the Memorial
 is the creation of Stanley Bleifeld. When the statue was cast, the bronze for 
the Lone Sailor was mixed with artifacts from eight U.S. Navy ships. The ships
 represent our Navy's history. There are artifacts from the Revolutionary 
War era the USS Constitution, and the Constellation; the steamer Hartford, the 
flagship of Admiral David G. Farragut; the Maine; the iron-hulled steamer/sailing 
ship Ranger; the World War II ships Biloxi, and Hancock; and the nuclear-powered 
submarine Seawolf. The last addition was the National Defense Service Medal. 
All of these artifacts are now a part of the Lone Sailor.