By Mill Creek Communications and Marketing Coordinator Meredith Cook, November 5, 2019.
This Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, the City of Mill Creek would like to connect Mill Creek families with crew members from the USS Ralph Johnson; an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer stationed at Naval Station Everett.
Local families will have the opportunity to provide homesick crew members with a holiday meal and a family-oriented experience.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to support our local service men and women,” said Gordon Brink, the City’s Interim Director of Communications and Marketing.
He added, “The holidays are meant to be spent in togetherness, so I think hosting crew members for a home cooked meal is a simple act that could mean so much to someone.”
This voluntary act of hospitality is part of the City of Mill Creek’s promise to the crew members; a promise made last March when the Mill Creek City Council adopted the USS Ralph Johnson.
The U.S. Navy’s adopt-a-ship program aims to strengthen ties between the troops assigned to the ship, its home port base and the local community.
At the March 9th city council meeting, the Mill Creek City Council dubbed USS Ralph Johnson crew members honorary Mill Creek residents. Mayor Pam Pruitt voiced a proclamation asking all Mill Creek residents to extend a hand of friendship and sense of home to the crew members.
If interested in hosting a crew member of the USS Ralph Johnson for the holidays, please reach out to Gordon Brink at (425) 921-5737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USS Ralph Johnson at sea. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.