Guam – Veterans Day is observed on November 11th because it marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War l .The Great War formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918 when the Germans signed of the Armistice. Now its the date used to honor U.S. Veterans for their patriotism.
Today’s ceremony to honor Guam’s Veterans started when a B52 H Bomber from Minot, North Dakota did a flight over, about 1000 feet above the crowd at Adelup. Veterans who served in all branches of service and wars all have one thing in common, they are men and women who defended our nation and island’s freedom. This legacy of service spans the generations. Today, veterans of tomorrow watch on as we pay tribute those who served before them.
Vietnam Veteran Raymond T. Baza says this a special day because it gives him a time to bond with other veterans.
Baza says. ” We share our feelings, our emotion and anxieties of the war. There’s no better way to do it, we gather here every year on Veterans Day because of what we have gone through and to remember our fallen comrades because they are always beside us when we gather here.”
Baza says every day that he thanks God he is still alive.
Korean War Veteran Joaquin Topasna says doesn’t want to talk about the wa because it brings back terrible memories. But Topasna says his patriotism brushed off onto his children, because all 7 of them served in the U.S. Armed Services and they are also veterans, but they are not residing on Guam. He says a day like today gives him a chance to catch up with friends. But he also thinks about those who are currently serving in today’s forces.
Topasna says, “I’m thinking about the women and the guys who are in harms way. Freedom isn’t free.”
Both Baza and Topasna feel very patriotic when he sees the American and Guam flag fluttering in the wind.
Baza says, “I’m so proud, so emotional, so loving to the nation I stood for and the island I came from, Guam.”
Topasna feels proud when he sees the American flag. We are proud to serve our country.
Today we need to remember our way of life exist due to all the sacrifices our veteran’s gave defending our nation’s freedom.