BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Sailors, Marines, veterans and family members from the Kitsap region attended a Veterans Day assembly at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School in Bremerton, Wash., Nov. 9.
The annual assembly featured speeches from the City of Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and Lt. Col. Curtis W. Carlin, commanding officer, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor, Wash.
"The Naval Base (Kitsap) started before the city," said Lent. "We share an importance of military and veterans throughout our city."
Carlin's speech emphasized the importance the town and the military share.
"Throughout my career, I have never lived in an area where people so openly welcome our armed services, not just by putting yellow ribbons up and talking about support, but actually opening their homes, businesses and arms to wrap around us," said Carlin. "We appreciate it and want to say, 'thank you.'"
The students performed songs and presented the audience with videos thanking the service members and veterans who attended the assembly.
The event concluded with a performance by the Navy Region Northwest Band.
"The band is proud to honor all veterans through performing at the school assembly," said Musician 2nd Class Drew Williams, Navy Band Northwest. "It really is a great opportunity to be able to engage with the community during this special time."
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