Justin Timberlake: 2011 Marine Corps Ball ‘Changed My Life’

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We were all impressed when Corporal Kelsey DeSantis boldly asked Justin Timberlake to the 2011 Marine Corps Ball in a YouTube video this summer, and even more impressed when the popstar accepted her invitation days later!

But nothing could have prepared us for Justin’s heartwarming post on his fan site about the event, which finally took place Saturday evening in Richmond, VA.

“I had the honor and privilege last night of attending The Basic School Instructor Battalion 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with Corporal Kelsey DeSantis … I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn’t forget … Something I could tell my friends about. What I didn’t know was how moved I would be by the whole experience.”

Kelsey’s fan dream came true as she got the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the superstar – they had enough time to talk about her passion for mixed martial arts, dance and drink. From the sounds of it, they had a LOT of fun!

“I laughed and laughed with all of them almost immediately and felt very close to them … They reminded me of my friends (the ones I like, at least). Cool, un-affected, and real.”

Justin admitted he was almost moved to tears by the event, and was amazed by the sense of family and pride that prevailed throughout the Ball.

“Last night changed my life and I will never forget it.”

He ended his post to his “family, friends and fans” with a piece of advice for all of those who depend on the men and women who help protect our freedom every day:

“To people like me who get to benefit from this type of person … One with character and courage. With strength and bravery. With humility and honor … I say: Send your thanks. Do it however you can. Write a letter, type an email … Hell, buy ‘em a beer next time you run into someone from our Armed Forces in a bar. When they say thank you for that drink that cost you 3 bucks, they’ll mean it. They won’t take it for granted and, they won’t forget it.”

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