USS Monterey Honors Memorial Day
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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