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The guest speaker for Norfolk Naval Shipyard's annual Memorial Day Fall-In for Colors May 25 was Commander Frank Gasperetti, Code 900 Production Resource Officer for the shipyard. He shared a story of his fallen friend, Lt. Col. Geoff Hollopeter of the U.S. Marine Corps. “Geoff’s death left an unfillable hole in the hearts of his family, his community and all those he touched. His friendships, his bravery and his commitment to duty will never be lost," he said. "I must continue to share stories of Geoff as we as a Nation must continue to share the stories of our fallen to remember what they sacrificed for the rest of us. Not many people decide for themselves to put their lives on the line to protect our freedom, defend our Constitution, and to volunteer to serve, knowing that death may be the outcome and for over a million military members, they made that ultimate sacrifice since the Revolutionary War. What we can do today, every day, is to ensure that those who make this choice and make the ultimate sacrifice can rest knowing they served with the thanks of grateful citizens and knowing that they will not be forgotten.”
220525-N-YO710-030.JPG Photo By: Shelby West, NNSY Photographer

NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD, Portsmouth, Va. - The guest speaker for Norfolk Naval Shipyard's annual Memorial Day Fall-In for Colors May 25 was Commander Frank Gasperetti, Code 900 Production Resource Officer for the shipyard. He shared a story of his fallen friend, Lt. Col. Geoff Hollopeter of the U.S. Marine Corps. “Geoff’s death left an unfillable hole in the hearts of his family, his community and all those he touched. His friendships, his bravery and his commitment to duty will never be lost," he said. "I must continue to share stories of Geoff as we as a Nation must continue to share the stories of our fallen to remember what they sacrificed for the rest of us. Not many people decide for themselves to put their lives on the line to protect our freedom, defend our Constitution, and to volunteer to serve, knowing that death may be the outcome and for over a million military members, they made that ultimate sacrifice since the Revolutionary War. What we can do today, every day, is to ensure that those who make this choice and make the ultimate sacrifice can rest knowing they served with the thanks of grateful citizens and knowing that they will not be forgotten.”


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