Forward-Deployed Bunker Hill Celebrates MLK

Story Number: NNS120118-10Release Date: 1/18/2012 2:45:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin, USS Bunker Hill Public Affairs

USS BUNKER HILL, At Sea (NNS) -- The diversity committee aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) held a memorial observance to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16.

The committee planned and organized several events that took place during the ceremony to include a video narrated by Bunker Hill Sailors.

"We had meetings once and sometimes twice a week since Dec. 30. The meetings were especially important because our scripts had to sync up with the presentation video," said Chief Operations Specialist Cassandra Karo. "People had to keep revising their scripts to get the best information out in a short period of time. I think we achieved that."

Approximately 200 Sailors gathered on the mess decks to remember the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his life's achievements.

"The diversity committee is responsible for bringing cultural awareness to the crew on specific monthly celebrations and/or remembrances that value diversity," said Karo. "If the audience is entertained, not culturally offended and learns something new, then we are doing our job. Not only does the audience learn something new, the committee does as well because we research and share information continuously."

Culinary specialists served cake, ice cream and a special meal after the ceremony, completing the weeks of preparation dedicated by the diversity committee.
The ceremony is part of a Navy-wide heritage month campaign held to honor people who sacrificed everything to make the world a better place.

"Heritage months are significant to the Navy because it's who we are," said Karo. "Our Navy harvests and represents the strength of the nation's diversity. Monthly we take the time to celebrate Sailors and/or civilians who either paved the way or made the ultimate sacrifice so we can live better. You have to appreciate that."

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