Miss Virginia 2012 visited her state’s namesake sub Monday to recognize the crew members for their service to the country.
Rosemary Willis spoke with the crew of the Virginia-class attack submarine Virginia in Groton, Conn., a Navy release said.
“It is an honor to thank those who serve aboard USS Virginia,” she said in the release. “I believe every military member should be recognized for their sacrifice.”
Former Miss Virginias have visited the sub since 2008, when Hannah Kiefer became the first to do so, a service release said.
Willis is from Chesapeake, Va. Her pageant platform was “Get moving today for a healthier tomorrow,” to educate Virginians about the importance of an active lifestyle, the Miss Virginia website said. Miss Virginia 2013 will be named during the pageant at the end of June.