by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Geoffrey Barham
SASEBO, Japan (Mar. 10, 2017) – Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo community members gathered to commemorate the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake victims on the event’s sixth anniversary, March 10, 2017.
Members stood at attention while Lt. j.g. Erich Weiss gave a speech in remembrance of the victims and their families. Following the speech, members including CFAS Commanding Officer Capt. Matthew Ovios and Japanese locals laid flowers down at the base of the Japanese flag. When the final flowers were laid, members observed a moment of silence and pledge continued friendship and support to the people of Japan.
"On March 11th 2011 over 15,000 Japanese citizens lost their lives as a result of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami,” said Ovios. “Today we set aside time to remember those lost souls and to express our deep condolences. These were our neighbors and friends. Just as we did during Operation Tomodachi, CFAS will continue to stand side by side with our Japanese friends in times of crisis."