Honoring Service, Sacrifice: Veterans Day ceremony held at Punchbowl
At the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Ceremony on Saturday, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. gave an inspiring speech to honor all the brave men and women that fought for their country.
Expressing appreciation for those who served, this Veteran's Day weekend was a time to reflect and for some an opportunity to celebrate our freedom.
At the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Ceremony on Saturday, keynote speaker Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, U.S Pacific Command gave an inspiring speech to honor all the brave men and women that fought for their country.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to all those who served, all of those who were injured and especially all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice," Adm. Harris said.
Recognizing those who've put patriotism above profit and the nations interest before their own, Adm. Harris went on to say that more than 40 million Americans have served the armed forces since the U.S. became a nation and more than a million have died fighting for their country.
"For 242 years the men and women of our great nation have stepped forward to serve in the Armed Forces and defend our freedoms. They risked their lives for our land, our people, and the ideals that we all cherish. Our battles, our victories-- indeed our way of life-- are owed not to great moments or dates.. they are owed to the actions and sacrifices of individual men and women willing to step in the breach, to stand in the gap for their county and their freedom," he said.
Governor David Ige echoed those words, and reminded others to always remember and thank all those who have served or are serving in our nation’s military.
"I think if they see a veteran, or if they see someone in uniform.. just stop to thank them. The price of freedom is not free. It requires men and women to volunteer.. to serve our country," Gov. Ige said.