It’s that time of year again–the weather gets a little colder and we look forward to spending time with loved ones around a decorated tree or a bountiful dinner table enjoying each others company. Unfortunately, this will not be the case for the more than 50, 000 Sailors who on any given day (including Christmas Day) are deployed worldwide standing the watch so that others may enjoy their holiday.
Over the next several days a number of sports and Hollywood stars have offered to place calls to a handful of these deployed Sailors to wish them Happy Holidays and to say thank you for their service.
We intend to share as many of these calls with you as possible as a way of highlighting our Sailors sacrifice and as way of thanking these busy public figures for taking the time to remember our deployed Sailors and their families.
New York Mets players (left to right) Justin Turner, Jon Niese and Daniel Murphy make holiday greeting calls to Sailors stationed aboard the USS John C. Stennis from team offices at Citi Field in Queens, NY. Each player thanked the Sailors for their service and wished them Happy Holidays.
“It was exciting. You watch the players on TV and you know statistics and things of that nature, and then to actually get to talk to them it’s pretty exciting. It’s a unique opportunity, which I was very glad to be a part of.”
AMC Lorne Dunnells
“It was a pretty awesome feeling, to have someone reach out from that far of a distance to say ‘Thank you for the job that you’re doing out there.’”
AT1 Dennis Fain
“The phone call was great, they thanked me for what I do and I thanked them for what they do. It was awesome, I wasn’t expecting it, it was great.”
PS3 Roanny Estevez