Guam commemorates Veterans Day

Acting governor Josh Tenorio (file photo)

Today’s the day we honor the brave men and women of Guam who have served in the US military.

Veterans Day, which was originally called Armistice Day, started on November 11, 1919, celebrating the first anniversary of the end of World War 1. Congress then passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance of that day and in 1938, it became a national holiday.

With Guam having one of the highest US military enlistments, Veterans Day is a holiday that’s very much observed in the island community.

This year, PBS Guam live-streamed the annual Veterans Day Ceremony.

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In the ceremony, Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio recognized the military men and women of Guam for their services.

“We are here to express our profound gratitude for the contributions and sacrifices veterans and their families have made on our island, across the nation, and in post throughout the world. Joining the military is more than a service or a tradition. Every single person who has worn the uniform of the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard has set the standards for courage, honor, and duty to one’s country,” Tenorio said.

In the CNMI, Governor Ralph DLG Torres proclaimed November as CNMI Veterans and Military Families Month, with the week of November 5 to 11 designated as CNMI Veterans Week.