Actor and singer Justin Timberlake was true to his word and accompanied Marine Corps Corporal Kelsey de Santis to the Marine Corps Ball celebrating the Marine Corps birthday the other night. Both Justine Timberlake and Corporal de Santis later wrote on Twitter and Facebook that they had a fantastic time.
Justin Timberlake wrote of the evening:
“I was truly moved,” Hollywood’s very own Prince Charming wrote on his blog about joining the 23-year-old at the party. “I felt so proud to be there. I felt like I was getting a chance to be among my heroes. It’s funny too, because a lot of them are SO much younger than me.”
Timberlake went on to explain that De Santis was a very attentive date. “She seemed to me to be so humble and honest … very cool,” Timberlake continued. “She 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.”
The singer/actor walked away from the event with a new respect for the U.S. military. “It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom,” he wrote. “Humble, concerned for others before themselves … this was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away.”
He says the evening ‘changed his life’:
“I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn’t forget…Something I could tell my friends about,” Timberlake writes. “What I didn’t know was how moved I would be by the whole experience.”
The “SexyBack” singer wrote that he was almost brought to tears by a video about Pearl Harbor, World War II and the September 11 terrorist attacks, which featured firsthand accounts from Marines.
“It was a surreal moment to be in that room with so many of our great Marines who have such a different type of connection to those stories,” he says.
“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.
“Thank you Corporal Kelsey DeSantis. Thank you for inviting me. And, thank you for being my hero.”
As for de Santis, she wrote and posted photos:
“I am so thankful to Justin Timberlake for accompanying me to the Ball and for his incredible post describing the events of the night.,” De Santis writes. “The experience he had is more than I could have ever hoped for, and I am truly humbled by the appreciation and respect that he has shown for the Marine Corps.”
De Santis recalls that “any uneasiness” she may have felt prior to meeting Timberlake “immediately went away as I realized what humble, good people Justin and those surrounding him are.”
The 23-year-old goes on to say that, not only did she get the chance to sit and talk at length with the “SexyBack” singer about her Marine Corps experience, but that when others began to arrive at the reception, Timberlake was more than gracious when it came to shaking hands and taking pictures.
“There was never a dull moment!” insists De Santis. “And I have to say Justin fit right in. As the night came to a close, we all walked out with Justin and said our goodbyes… but he didn’t get to leave the Ball without first receiving a bayonet engraved with ‘Justin “come tussle” Timberlake.’ Who knows, maybe J.T. will be enlisting next?!”
Below are some photos from the evening posted by Corporal Kelsey de Santis.