ASAN, Guam (NNS) -- Island residents from military and local communities gathered to honor service and sacrifice during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor's Complex in Asan, Guam, Nov. 11.
"Each Veterans Day, we honor those men and women who have donned the uniform of the United States armed forces and thank them for their service," said Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Joint Region Marianas. "Many of you here today share similar stories. The pride and honor of serving our country and our island are evident through the many generations who continue to make sacrifices for the greater good."
The ceremony was coordinated by the Office of Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Governor of Guam to honor those that served and continue to serve in the United States military.
"For all the sacrifices that these veterans have put out for the freedom that we do enjoy today and the sacrifices they make," said Cindy Gogo, acting administrator, Office of Veterans Affairs. "We have to at least give them some kind of gratitude for their time and service."
Veterans from each military branch came out to be commended for the sacrifices they made for the security and prosperity of the nation. More than 30 individuals were recognized as Veterans of the Year.
"The biggest thing for me is that it is very humbling to come out here and actually get to meet veterans who have paved the way for me to actually serve," said Chief Yeoman (SW/AW/EXW) Shawn Alvarez, Navy Veteran of the Year.
The ceremony included a wreath laying and a rifle volley in remembrance of all the service members who sacrificed their lives in the service of the country.
"I have been attending this ceremony for the past many years and each year it's more touching because we gain new fellowship with the young boys and girls," said Johnny 'Atulai' Taitano, a retired U.S. Navy Corpsman. "I got grandkids and kids in the military serving in the Air Force, the Coast Guard and we just want to keep this perpetual light shining especially on Guam where we love them, where we honor them and where we will always continue to do so."
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