PACIFIC OCEAN - On Monday May 30th the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen held a ceremony in observance of Memorial Day 2011.
Taking time out of their busy underway schedule, crew gathered on Lassen’s flight deck to remember patriots that have served before them and honor our fallen heroes.
After the opening prayer delivered by Fire Controlman 3rd Class Samuel White, sailors spoke before their shipmates sharing personal stories and discussing the importance of remembrance for those who have made our freedom possible.
“We owe an insurmountable debt of gratitude to our brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their lives for our country and for our freedom,” said Master of Ceremonies Lt.j.g. Christopher Morey. As he spoke Operations Specialist 2nd Class Yeon Kim marched past ranks of her shipmates with a bouquet of flowers. “So many of those heroes were lost here at sea and for them we send a small offering in thanks,” concluded Morey. After a moment of silence, Kim released the flowers to the open ocean.
Following the ceremony Lassen continued normal operations en route home port. Lassen is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (DESRON 15) and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.