ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (NNS) -- Hundreds of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett Sailors joined their shipmates across the fleet in honoring those who've gone before them in a Memorial Day ceremony at NAVSTA Everett, May 27.
Rear Adm. Len Hering, commander, Navy Region Northwest, was the day's host.
"It's indeed a great honor for me to take part in this event," said Hering, "so that we may pay homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. To those who have helped make America what it is; to those who have preserved its heritage given to us by our forefathers; for those who have served in previous times for our country, I take this opportunity to thank you for making the sacrifices and setting the examples that are necessary."
The ceremony's keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Paull Shin, spoke of the selflessness of the American service member. Shin, a Korean refugee who was stricken homeless at the age of four, was rescued and later adopted by an American service member during the Korean War.
Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Cassandra Alameda, a NAVSTA Everett Sailor, attended the on-base ceremony and listened to Shin's story.
"I was stationed in Korea, and when the senator mentioned Seoul and Inchon, it hit me because I've been there," said Alameda, a Ukiah, Calif., native. "To hear firsthand the effect service members have had on the people of other countries was amazing."
This year's Memorial Day ceremony was the first Alameda had spent stateside since she's been in the Navy, and she said being able to share it with shipmates past and present made it more special then ever.
"I feel a lot more pride in not only what we do as a Navy, but also in myself," said Alameda. "I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else today."
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