USS Monterey Honors Memorial Day

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May 30, 2011) - Sailors assigned to the firing detail aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) perform a 21-gun salute during a Memorial Day ceremony. Monterey is homeported out of Norfolk and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May 30, 2011) - The Crew of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) salutes the national ensign as the honor guard parades the colors during a Memorial Day ceremony. Monterey is homeported out of Norfolk and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (May 30, 2011) - Crytologic Technician (Technical) 3rd Class Jelanie Walton sings the national anthem aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) during a Memorial Day ceremony. Monterey is homeported out of Norfolk and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA - The Crew of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) held a Memorial Day ceremony to honor fallen heroes, May 30.

The ceremony opened with Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Myers, Monterey’s executive officer, addressing the crew on the flight deck.
“On this day each of us should remember that freedom is not free,” said Myers. “Memorial Day is a federal holiday set aside to honor the fallen heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country and its ideals.”

During the ceremony the honor guard paraded the colors as Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 3rd Class Jelani N. Walton sang the national anthem. A short invocation was given following the national anthem and Fire Controlman 1st Class Thomas Wright read the history of Memorial Day to the crew, followed by Yeoman 1st Class Stanley Battle who read the Secretary of Defense’s 2011 Memorial Day message.

“Memorial Day is set aside for us to reflect on those who sacrificed their lives to defend our families, our friends, our neighborhoods and ultimately our way of life,” Said Capt. James W. Kilby, Monterey’s commanding officer.

After Kilby’s words, a firing detail performed a 21-gun salute, complete with a playing of “Taps” by Engineman 3rd Class Christopher Jesmore.

Monterey is homeported out of Norfolk and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
 

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AUGUSTA BAY, Sicily (March 16, 2011) - USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20), the U.S. Sixth Fleet flag ship homeported out of Gaeta, Italy, and USS Ponce (LPD 15), an amphibious transport dock ship homeported out of Norfolk, Va., take on supplies while inport Augusta Bay, Sicily. Both ships are operating in the Mediterranean Sea as part of a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen/Released)

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