GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria honored all veterans, during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Tower Barracks 172nd Memorial site on Nov. 10.
Before Nov. 11 was declared Veterans Day, it was called Armistice Day to signify the date that the Central Powers laid their weapons down during World War I.
Sgt. Mitchell Makely, assistant operations NCO of 1-91 Cav, hosted the ceremony and cited the words of President Woodrow Wilson.
“A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations.”
Makely continued to cite President Wilson to explain what the day means.
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”
USAG Bavaria Command Sgt. Maj. Sebastian Camacho, the guest speaker, said that this is the day we honor all the brave men and women who stepped forward to defend our nation throughout history.
“Regardless of the military branch in which our veterans have served, this day belongs to them,” Camacho said. “Generations of patriots have dedicated themselves to the defense of our country to make us stronger and more resilient as a nation.”
Also in attendance were members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Tower Post 10692, including James Joyce, the Department Commander of Europe District for the VFW.
“It’s a chance for us to recognize all veterans, past and present,” said Joyce. “A lot of times, the general public doesn’t realize that active duty service members are veterans too. This is an opportunity for us to recognize them.”
At the end of the ceremony, Camacho and VFW members laid wreaths as a way to pay respects to veterans who had lost their lives in defense of the nation.
“While Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died in the service of their country, Veterans Day is the time to remember all those who have served — past and present.” Camacho said.
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