Island veterans were honored at a number of locations today by various organizations who made time to say thank you to our service members in a number of different ways.
The celebration of Veterans Day got off to an early start at the Paseo where members of the Guam Hawgs and other motorcycle clubs gathered for the start of the 10th Annual Wounded Warrior ride.
Guam Hawgs president Roland Ada said their fundraising efforts this year have raised close to $10,000 for the island’s veterans organizations.
“This is Guam Wounded Warriors ride and all the money that we raise goes to the different veteran organizations. So this year we have both VFWs 2917 and 1509 .. we have American Legion … we have VVA Vietnam Veterans of America .. we have Iraq Afghanistan Persian Gulf Veterans of the Pacific,” Ada said.
GovGuam and federal offices were closed for this federal and local holiday, along with schools and many businesses. However, many restaurants remained open and offered free or discounted meals to veterans and active duty service members.
On NewsTalk K57’s Patti Arroyo show today, Joint Region Commander Rear Adm. John Menoni said Memorial Day is when we remember those who have fallen in battle while Veterans Day is a day when we celebrate service.
“I’d like to not only ask people not to just thank the people wearing the uniform today. But anybody you see out there today who has any sort of service to our country, military or not, give ’em a high five, a knuckle bump, and a hug if they’re a family member. And tell ’em thanks because if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be able to have these conversations,” Menoni said.
And in Mangilao this afternoon, a final ceremony was held honoring the veterans who served in the Vietnam war.