Justin Timberlake Blogs He Will ‘Never Forget’ Marine Corps Ball
Justin Timberlake is nothing if not a man of his word.
After 23-year-old Corporal Kelsey DeSantis posted a YouTube video a while back in which she asked JT to attend the Marine Corps Ball as her date, he accepted — and the big day was this weekend.
On Saturday, Justin flew out to Virginia and escorted DeSantis to The Basic School Instructor Battalion 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. And on Sunday, he wrote a lovely blog piece about the experience, which he called one of the “most moving evenings” of his life.
Definitely click over and read the whole thing, but here are a few excerpts:
“I’ve always been very vocal about my support of our Armed Forces. I’ve always felt like they offered us the opportunity to live our lives freely without the fear that so many other nations have to endure still to this day. And, they do it without asking for anything in return. I had this very feeling walking into this dinner. So, to say I was stoked to be there would be more than accurate.”
“For a short while, I had the opportunity to sit with Kelsey, get to know her and get a tiny glimpse into what her life as a Marine was like. She talked about her training in mixed martial arts with a passion, a discipline, and a respect. It reminded me of how I hear my favorite athletes talk about their sport or, how I hear my favorites among my peers in music and film talk about their craft.”
“She seemed to me to be so humble and honest… Very cool. She also simultaneously seemed like she was nervous about the whole evening and if I was going to enjoy myself. “Are you ok?” she asked 2 or 3 times. “I hope you are having fun. I know you will once my crew of friends get here to the table.” I have to tell you, it’s not every day that I meet a 23 year old girl and she’s more worried about if I’m having fun or if I’m comfortable! It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom… Humble, concerned for others before themselves… This was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away.”
“I laughed and laughed with all of them almost immediately and felt very close to them… They reminded me of my friends (the ones I like, at least). Cool, un-affected, and real. This was going to be a fun night.”
“I felt so proud to be there. I felt like I was getting a chance to be among my heroes. It’s funny too because a lot of them are SO younger than me.”
“To all of you that serve every day for us… Ensuring our freedom, I say: My deepest gratitude to you. I’ve met so many of my heroes… From Michael Jordan to Michael Jackson. And, nothing makes me feel more honor and pride than when I get to meet one of you. Last night changed my life and I will never forget it.”
“Thank you Corporal Kelsey DeSantis. Thank you for inviting me. And, thank you for being my hero.”