By Mass COmmunication Specialist 3rd class Kari R. Rodriguez, Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs
(Oct. 9, 2010) -- More than 1,000 Sailors, civilians and family members from around the San Diego area celebrated the Navy's 235th birthday during a ball held at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina Saturday, October 9, 2010.
The Navy Ball is an annual event to celebrate the heritage and history of the fleet. This year's theme was "Past, Present and Future."
"The Navy Ball allows us to remember where it is we came from and allows us to celebrate the whole reason we do what we do," Senior Chief Navy Counselor Veronica Holliday said. "The theme this year to me means that we continue carrying the torch and pass it on to our junior Sailors to carry it into the future."
The evening began with the presentation of colors, playing of the national anthem by Navy Band Southwest, and an invocation by Capt. Gerald Seely, Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) chaplain.
Commander, NRSW Rear Adm. William D. French served as the event's host and shared a few words with the guests.
"Tonight we are celebrating the accomplishments of our past shipmates who have done the things we are doing today and to keep creating the success of our future," said French. "Thank you all for coming and happy birthday."
The evening concluded with another naval tradition: the oldest and youngest Sailor in the room cut the ceremonial birthday cake. This year's oldest Sailor was Seely, and the youngest was Hospital Corpsman Joshua Crosby.
"I was really honored to be a part of the cake cutting. A lot of my family members have served in the Navy and I felt a lot of pride to be a part of such a time-honored tradition," said Crosby.
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