Singer/Actor/Marine Corp Ball attender Justin Timberlake took some time out of his busy week to write a nice blog post about his enjoyable time at the Marine Corp Ball.
Timberlake attended the ball this past Saturday after 23-year-old Corporal Kelsey DeSantis posted a date invitation to the A-list star on YouTube.
Justin flew to Virgnia on Saturday where he met up with DeSantis and attended the The Basic School Instructor Battalion 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
In his post Timberlake calls the event one of the “most moving evenings” of his young life.
Justing says in his post that he has always been a supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces and felt that the opportunity to attend the event was his way of saying thank you to all of the soldiers who have given their lives and continue to put their lives on the line to protect our country. As Timberlake says of their sacrifices:
“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.”
After thanking military members for their service he wrote:
“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.”
Timberlake says the Marine Corp members reminded him of his own friends who are typically real, un-affected and cool to be around.
Justin also called the Marine Corp members “my heroes” while pointing out that many of them were younger than him.
Speaking once again about the service that military members provide to our country Justin Timberlake tweeted:
“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.”
While Timberlake originally seemed hesitant to accept the invitation in the end it at least appears on paper that he had a fun and eye-opening time at the ball.
Here’s the original invitation DeSantis posted for Timberlake on YouTube:
What do you think about Justin Timberlake’s reaction to the ball?