Enterprise Sailors Attend Easter Sunrise Service While Deployed

Story Number: NNS120409-11Release Date: 4/9/2012 9:14:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gregory A. Pickett II, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines attended an Easter Sunday sunrise service aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), April 8.

Sailors of many different religious backgrounds gathered on the flight deck to observe the Easter Sunday celebration led by Cmdr. John Owen, Enterprise command chaplain.

"This is an Easter that you will always remember," said Owen. "There are very few people at home that will be able to say they spent Easter out at sea."

Enterprise Sailors and Marines enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the Easter holiday in such a unique and memorable setting.

"I have been to about three other at-sea Easter Sunday services but this is by far the best one," said Yeoman 2nd Class Jacqueline L. Martinez.

Since the crew is made up of members from multiple faiths, the Easter service was non-denominational. Holding this type of celebration allowed every participant the opportunity to enjoy a holiday service, regardless of their individual beliefs.

"It is important that we take care of all our Sailors," said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Gustavo M. Ortiz, Religious Ministries Department leading petty officer.

The Enterprise Chorus sang hymns throughout the service, which were followed by prayer.

Capt. Roderick Clayton recited scripture from the Bible and Lt. Cmdr. Jon Settlemoir, Carrier Air Wing 1 command chaplain, gave the benediction during the holiday celebration.

Settlemoir prayed during the service, "Lord God it has been an honor to stand here on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise for the last Easter Sunrise Service this ship will enjoy."

Enterprise is currently on its 22nd and final scheduled deployment.

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