Justine Timberlake has reportedly described his time at the Marine Corps Ball as “one of the most moving evenings” of his life.
The actor accepted an invite to the event from female marine Corporal Kelsey De Santis, who posted a YouTube video asking him out.
In a post on his official website, Timberlake described De Santis as “so humble and honest”, and detailed his experiences on a night that made him “feel proud” to support the armed forces.
“I’ve always felt like they offered us the opportunity to live our lives freely without the fear that so many other nations have to endure still to this day,” he said. “And, they do it without asking for anything in return.”
The In Time star added, “[It was] so vivid and real. So honest, but so filled with a sense of compassion and adoration for this wonderful country.
“I glanced around the room at young men and women, spouses and soldiers all so deeply entwined. Not just by battle… but by having such life-changing experiences through them and to not ever waver in their love and respect for our homeland.”
Timberlake concluded the post by urging fans to not take the “strength and bravery” of troops for granted, adding: “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 honour and pride than when I get to meet one of you. Last night changed my life and I will never forget it.”