– [Child] Color Guard, post the colors! – [Child] Color Guard, honor your flag. – Today we celebrate Veteran’s Day. We pay tribute to all
veterans, living or dead, who helped form and
protect our great nation. – Do you know who a veteran is? Veterans are people who
served in the military. This includes all the men and
women who have served in the United States Army, and Navy,
the Marine Corps, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, the
National Guard, and the Reserve. Veterans are and should be
treated with great respect and honor for their
contribution to our country. – They didn’t go to war
because they love fighting. They were called to be part of something bigger than themselves. They are ordinary people who
responded in extraordinary ways during extremely difficult
times and they rose up to our nation’s call because
they wanted to protect the United States of America
and all of its citizens. – This holiday, originally
called Armistice Day, commemorates the end of
fighting in World War I, at that point the largest and most terrible war the world had ever seen. We celebrate with solemn pride the sacrifices that these brave soldiers made. – Oh it’s wonderful, I think,
for our children to see that we are gathering to honor
the military men and women who have served us so well over the years. ♪ I saw below me ♪ ♪ That golden valley ♪ ♪ This land was made for you and me ♪ – It’s a great privilege
to be asked to introduce the veterans that are here with us today. Vince Olivier, US Air Force, Vietnam Era Kem Aarons, US Army Morris Gillette, US
Marine Corps, World War II John Daugherty, US Army, Korean War (applause) ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ – It’s weird to say that
Afghanistan was also, hands down, the worst time of my life. The stuff you see there, as any guy will tell you in here, doesn’t leave. You remember that till the day you die. But some of the best times
of my life are also there, just being around, stuck
in a dessert with 30 of your best friends,
pretty much, guys that would legitimately take a bullet for ya. (taps)