Here is how he describes CAVU in his 2008
Commencement address at Bryant University:
"When I was a Navy pilot back there a
thousand years ago, flying in the Pacific in 1944, we had a saying that
some pilots still use today called CAVU - C-A-V-U- ceiling and visibility
unlimited. That applies to my life today. I've been blessed with so many
challenges, failed in some, succeeded in others, but ceiling and
visibility unlimited, that's the way I feel about life itself, and that's
the way I want your lives to be.
When you're a young pilot and you hit
that deck ready for your mission, what you wanted to see was a cloudless
sky so you could easily identify the objectives and threats in your paths.
That was C-A-V-U - ceiling and visibility unlimited.
Well dear graduates, your lives'
experience up to this point in time, culminating by your years here at
Bryant, place you on your own flight deck with the training you need to
start your mission. As you prepare to be flung off the flight deck in to
the next exciting phase of your life, I can only wish you and our beloved
nation C-A-V-U - ceiling and visibility unlimited. May it remain that way
your whole life through."
President Bush has a plaque with the word
CAVU mounted on the wall of his home in Kennebunkport, Maine. In 2001 he
wrote a letter to his children describing his relationship with the
concept of CAVU.
"This is my last day in Kennebunkport after almost
five months of great happiness. There is something about this place that
gets into one's very soul. Don't you agree?" I had a little plaque made.
It says CAVU. C-A-V-U was the kind of weather we Navy pilots wanted when
we were to fly off our carrier in the Pacific -- "Ceiling and Visibility
Unlimited." I will not pass by it without realizing how lucky I am, for
the plaque describes my own life -- as it has been over the years, as it
is right now."
I think often about President Bush's WWII service and
the importance of CAVU. It seemed to me that being able to incorporate a
CAVU insignia into a veteran's memorial would be a very fitting tribute to
Know that, whatever his or her military mission on land,
on sea or in the air, your
loved one would always have wanted CAVU.