More than 650 military families that had members on deployment last December will gather in Murphy Canyon today for the sixth annual “Christmas You Missed” event.
The three-hour event at the San Diego Armed Services YMCA will include Christmas trees, snow, craft activities, cookie decorating and other holiday fare, according to organizers.
Thousands upon thousands of San Diego-based troops were deployed last Christmas.
Last Friday, more than 3,800 sailors and Marines returned to San Diego from a seven-month deployment. They are part of Camp Pendleton’s 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the amphibious ready group led by the USS Makin Island.
The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, along with guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey, USS Kidd, USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Pinckney, returned from a seven-month deployment in February.
And the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey returned after nearly six months away in May.