Sean 'Diddy' Combs visits MCAS Miramar to celebrate National Honor Day

Entertainer meets Marines, family members

SAN DIEGO - Hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs visited Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Tuesday afternoon as part of National Day of Honor.

March 19 marks the anniversary of National Day of Honor, which President Barack Obama proclaimed last year. The day is meant to commemorate the return of U.S. armed forces from Iraq.
First Lt. Chad Hill of MCAS Miramar returned from another deployment in February, so he said it means a lot to have people recognize what they do.

"Having returned from Afghanistan, it's a great thing to have people look at us and say, 'Hey, we want to recognize you for the things that you do, not only for the United States but just in general,'" Hill said.

Diddy met with Marines and their family members, and sponsors estimated a couple hundred people attended the event.

"Sean Combs -- it's a great thing for him to come out to the base. Any entertainer that volunteers their time to come out and show their appreciation for the military, we all appreciate that," Hill added. "It's a great honor for us, and I'm sure there are going to be a lot of Marines here that want to meet the man and at least just see him."

"We appreciate it, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar appreciates it and we're glad he's coming out to show his appreciation for the military," said Hill.

Ciroc vodka and Maxim are sponsoring the event, and Christopher Minaya, a former Marine captain, was introduced as the first Ciroc military brand ambassador. They plan to talk about responsible ways to celebrate.

"Being in the military, you learn discipline, integrity, honor, courage and commitment," said Minaya. "I'm grateful to employ these qualities while spreading the message of responsible celebration throughout the military community."

However, the day is about much more than that.

"One of the things I think people should think long and hard about is the National Day of Honor -- what does it mean to them?" Hill added. "I'm sure they know a service member -- friend, family, someone they've talked to or met -- just think about what it means to them to have met this individual and shared some of their experiences with them. We all appreciate it. We appreciate knowing that everybody else out there appreciates what we do."

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