• Soldiers who have gathered at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters salute the colors during the opening of the ceremony.

    Salute

    Soldiers who have gathered at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters salute the colors during the opening of the ceremony.

  • The Ansbach High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps posts the colors at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

    Posting of the colors

    The Ansbach High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps posts the colors at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

  • Guests of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters bow their heads in prayer as William Wight, chaplain of American Legion Post 1982, right, says a prayer.

    Prayer

    Guests of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters bow their heads in prayer as William Wight, chaplain of American Legion Post 1982, right, says a prayer.

  • Master Sgt. Christopher Buchanan delivers the keynote speech at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

    Keynote speech

    Master Sgt. Christopher Buchanan delivers the keynote speech at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

  • Seated from left, Master Sgt. Christopher Buchanan, commander of American Legion Post 1982; Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Clowser, command sergeant major of 12th Combat Aviation Brigade; Col. Vincent H. Torza, commander of 12th CAB; Kevin Griess, deputy garrison commander of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach; and Col. Christopher M. Benson, USAG Ansbach and Franconia Military Community commander, attend the USAG Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters

    Veterans Day ceremony

    Seated from left, Master Sgt. Christopher Buchanan, commander of American Legion Post 1982; Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Clowser, command sergeant major of 12th Combat Aviation Brigade; Col. Vincent H. Torza, commander of 12th CAB; Kevin Griess, deputy...

  • Ken Aungst, veteran and member of American Legion Post 1982, standing, receives applause from the crowd assembled at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

    Ken Aungst

    Ken Aungst, veteran and member of American Legion Post 1982, standing, receives applause from the crowd assembled at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

  • Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and Franconia Military Community commander, delivers the closing remarks at the USAG Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

    Closing remarks

    Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and Franconia Military Community commander, delivers the closing remarks at the USAG Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

  • Ken Aungst, left, and Dan Pulis, right, both members of American Legion Post 1982, salute after laying a wreath at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

    Laying of the wreath

    Ken Aungst, left, and Dan Pulis, right, both members of American Legion Post 1982, salute after laying a wreath at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

  • Soldiers sing the "The Army Song" at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

    Soldiers

    Soldiers sing the "The Army Song" at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

  • Veterans pose for a photo after the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

    Photograph

    Veterans pose for a photo after the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 7 at Memorial Garden next to 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters.

ANSBACH, Germany (Nov. 8, 2013) -- U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and American Legion David Chavez Post 1982 hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Memorial Park at 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters Nov. 7. Soldiers, Family members, civilians and members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars attended the event.

Master Sgt. Christopher Buchanan, the American Legion Post 1982 commander, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony.

"Those of us gathered here to observe Veterans Day know that we love [veterans]," said Buchanan. "We appreciate them. We are grateful for their service. We are their friends, their family, their coworkers and their neighbors. It is up to us to ensure that every veteran feels that his or her service to this country is appreciated by their fellow Americans."

Part of Buchanan's message was to help veterans in need by directing them to the resources they need.

"If he is showing signs of unhappiness or depression, encourage him to seek help through the VA immediately," said Buchanan. "If she has had difficulty obtaining the benefits that she is entitled to, let her know that the American Legion has thousands of trained service officers nationwide that will help her navigate the VA office free of charge."

The event also included an invocation by William Wight, the American Legion post's chaplain, and the laying of the wreaths by members of the American Legion and the VFW. Wight also read the poem "In Flanders Fields," in recognition of Veterans Day's origin in the World War I. The color guard from the Ansbach High School Junior ROTC posted the colors.

Col. Christopher Benson, USAG Ansbach and Franconia Military Community commander, closed out the ceremony.

"It is truly an honor to be here, and it is a privilege as a veteran to say a few words about Veterans Day," said Benson.

Benson reminded the audience that Veterans Day is the anniversary of the interment of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

"It remains our duty to ensure that the sacrifice of that unknown Soldier and the sacrifice of all Americans who gave their lives in the name of freedom and liberty were not in vain," said Benson. "It actually comes down to one sentence, one phrase that you can never hear too often in a democracy: Freedom is not free."

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