Justin Timberlake Says Marine Corps Ball Changed His Life
Accompanying Corporal Kelsey De Santis to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, the ‘Bad Teacher’ actor says he’s moved by the whole experience.Justin Timberlake was so proud to be one of the people attending The Basic School Instructor Battalion 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 12. The “Friends with Benefits” actor was invited to the gathering, which took place at Greater Richmond Convention Center, Virginia, by Corporal Kelsey De Santis.
A big supporter of armed forces, Justin shared his experience in a lengthy blog post one day after attending the event. “I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn’t forget… Something I could tell my friends about. What I didn’t know was how moved I would be by the whole experience,” the former Disney star wrote on his official website.
Justin met Kelsey at the venue. After exchanging pleasantries with the other attendees, they moved to the ballroom where the dinner was set up. “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,” he recalled.
The “In Time” star was impressed with Kelsey’s personality which he described as “humble and honest… Very cool.” He added, “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.”
Another thing that moved him was “a video about Pearl Harbor/WW2″ which was played during the party. “[It's] so vivid and real. So honest but, so filled with a sense of compassion and adoration for this wonderful country. They spoke with a pride that only they could have acquired through their experience as a US Marine,” he gushed.
Near the end of his blog post, Justin thanked those who made him feel so welcome. “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”, he stated.