‘I will never forget it’; Timberlake attends Marine Corps ball


Cpl. Kelsey De Santis and her date Justin Timberlake applaud retired Sgt. Maj. Ralph Larsen at the Instructor Battalion Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Nov. 12 in Richmond, Va. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos)

By now, you’ve probably heard that Justin Timberlake did indeed attend a Marine Corps birthday ball last night in Richmond, Va., with Cpl. Kelsey De Santis. The Corps has released the photograph above, and there are others floating around online.

Timberlake just weighed in on the experience on his website. To say he appreciated the evening would appear to be an understatement. A passage from his note:

To all of you that serve every day for us… Ensuring our freedom, I say: 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.

It’s well worth reading the entire note.


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  1. though it’s a nice gesture, I really wish soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines would stop pimping their uniform so they can get their 15 minutes of fame. show some self-respect, people!

  2. Note to ash,
    Evidently you never served in the military. The dress uniforms of each branch of service are a history lesson in themselves. For you to say, “stop pimping their uniform so they can get their 15 minutes of fame,” shows that you have no concept of the sacrifice the military of this great country has given to ensure that You enjoy the freedoms that you have. All members of the military have earned more minutes of fame than can ever be given to them. Evidently you didn’t see the permanently disabled and disfigured Marines in their dress uniforms. Maybe you should enlist so you can qualify for your own set of dress uniforms! Notice, I kept my comments clean and under control out of respect to you.

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