MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Marine Corps Community Services held the 2014 “Celebrate Service” Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point April 11, 2014.
As local volunteers filled the banquet room, representatives from each unit and organization aboard the air station gathered and awaited the presentation of certificates from Maj. Gen. Robert Hedelund, the commanding general for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and Lt. Col. Charles Basham, the commanding officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron.
“Time is a precious thing; everybody knows that and you cannot get it back,” said Basham.
All of the volunteers made a deliberate choice to volunteer their time to help somebody else, with either skills, advice or just being there for them to talk to, said Basham. They all made an impact on somebody.
MCCS hosted the Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony to recognize volunteers from across 2nd MAW and Cherry Point for their hard work throughout the community last year, according to Kimberly Johnston, the Marine Corps Family Team Building director with Marine and Family Programs.
“The purpose of the Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony is to thank our Marines, Sailors, families and civilian volunteers for sharing their skills, time and commitment with our local community,” said Johnston.
Cherry Point had nearly 5,500 volunteers last year. As a whole, the station contributed more than 82,000 volunteer hours in the surrounding community.
“The services and assistance they provide to our military members, their families and the surrounding community is priceless,” said Johnston. “The amount of volunteer service aboard Cherry Point shows our installation’s outstanding dedication toward the greater good of our military and our community.”