CNE-CNA Hosts ‘Thanks for Giving’ Concert
NAPLES, Italy — Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (CNE-CNA) Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III, hosted a ‘Thanks for Giving’ concert at the Mostera D’Oltremare Teatro, Nov. 19.
The concert was performed by the CNE Band and was designed to show CNE-CNA’s appreciation to the local Italian civic community, NATO allies and the many charitable and family volunteer organizations who have dedicated their support to the U.S. community.
“Tonight we’re going to show our gratitude for those who give throughout the year, we must thank the volunteers from the USO, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, American Red Cross, participants in our International Charity Bazaar and all those who give their services throughout the year,” said Locklear during the opening remarks.
Locklear congratulated the junior and senior U.S. Sailors of the quarter and of the year, before thanking Italy for making all this possible. “Of course none of this would be possible without our Italian hosts. We thank you for treating us as welcomed guests in your home and your communities. ”
The concert lasted two and a half hours and showcased a number of popular American and European songs such as “An American In Paris,” “Die Fledermaus” and “Nessun Dorma.”
“This is the first [Thanks for Giving Concert] I have attended and all I can think to say is thank you,” said Jessie Moberly, from the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the America Red Cross.
“We volunteer because we want to give something back to those who serve and because it feels good to give. It is nice to be recognized and rest assured I will be there again tomorrow ready to help out where ever I am needed.”
This year’s concert, themed ‘Thanks for Giving,’ is the fifth annual concert hosted by CNE-CNA and was attended by more than 420 military and civilian guests making it one of the largest concerts performed by CNE Band at this venue to date.
“It is really rewarding to perform for this concert,” said Musician 3rd Class Jason McDonough, drummer with CNE Band. “We travel a lot performing throughout Europe and Africa, but this concert is different because we are playing at our home duty station for all the people who have given service to the military, to us. It really is a change to say, thanks for giving.”
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