EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- More than 40 service members, Department of Defense personnel, retired military personnel, and civilians attended a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony held at the Grand Vista ballroom at Naval Station Everett (NSE), Nov. 9.
In attendance were several guest speakers including: Capt. Michael J. Coury, commanding officer of Naval Station Everett; Uriel Ybarra, representative for Senator Patty Murray; Mike Schanche, a representative for Congressman Rick Larson; and, retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, and Everett City Mayor, Ray Stephanson.
Retired U.S. Army Colonel William Reeder was the keynote speaker. Reeder is a Vietnam veteran who joined the Army in 1965. He was shot down in his Cobra gunship in May 1972 and held as a prisoner of war for 11 months. Reeder served 31 years in the Army before retiring.
NSE Command Master Chief Joshua Dugan, talked his personal relationship with Reeder and his feelings upon hearing about Reeder's experiences.
"He is a very humble person and he was thrust into an extreme, hostile environment with his combat service and captured. But, the way he responded with his honor and courage, I thought was pretty important," said Dugan. "I think about the experiences that he's had, most people can't relate to and for him to come out of that situation with the way he carries himself with dignity, poise and humility is neat."
Dugan spoke about the importance of supporting and holding an annual Veterans Day ceremony.
"It's a remembrance at the very least, especially for the younger Sailors to remind them that people have gone before them and the sacrifices that they have made," said Dugan. "It's also another opportunity to teach our heritage."
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