Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andre T. Richard

BREMERTON, Washington – USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Sailors participated in the
Beautify Bremerton community service event Sept. 24 in several locations around the city.

Sailors picked weeds, raked leaves and cut branches during the Beautify Bremerton event
hosted by Kitsap County Public Works and coordinated by City of Bremerton Public Works.

“Beautify Bremerton is an annual event to provide assistance and public outreach to the
community,” said Sarah Eddington, senior office assistant for Bremerton public works, and
coordinator for the event. “We like to give a little support to people in the community who might be disabled or unable to do it themselves.”

Sailors appreciated the opportunity to volunteer their time and give back to their
community.

“It seems like it’s a very military oriented town and it’s going to be my home for the next
four years,” said Ship’s Serviceman Seaman James Morra, from Woodbridge, New Jersey.
“Having been away from my hometown for so long, Bremerton becomes my home away from home and that’s why I want to give back.”

With the large Navy presence in the city, the relationship between the military and the
community has become stronger with events like Beautify Bremerton.

“I think the Navy has a great relationship with our community, this town would not be
what it is without them,” said Eddington. “If we did not have Navy presence on this project we would not have gotten half as much accomplished, and that is really appreciated.”

Eddington mentioned the work the Navy does in the community is welcomed and valued
by the citizens of the city.

“People really appreciate it, we get calls every year about the event from people asking
about the Navy,” said Eddington. “It’s really great to be able to tell them it was the Navy who volunteered their time and helped us out, so we really appreciate it and want to thank them.”

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