U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF REPONSIBILITY - Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) honored fallen service members during a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony, May 28.
The ceremony began with a steel beach picnic giving Sailors the opportunity to relax, eat barbeque and play games.
"We wanted to provide an atmosphere where Sailors could not only take the time to really think about what Memorial Day is about but enjoy it as well," said Gunner's Mate 1st Class Benjamin Moore, an event coordinator. "This is one of the few times the whole crew can really come together and just have fun. It was a small taste of home while underway."
After the picnic, a brief history of Memorial Day was given with words of remembrance from several guest speakers.
"Commemorating Memorial Day underway is a way we can connect with those who have gone before us and have given the ultimate sacrifice," said Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Reginald Carter, a guest speaker.
A moment of silence, in honor of all of those who have passed serving the United States, was followed by a 21-gun salute.
"Without those brave men and women we wouldn't be where we are at today," said Carter.
William P. Lawrence is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.