Veterans who fought for their country were honored during a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, at UN Blvd., U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. More than 100 Soldiers and family members attended the event to honor those who have given so much to defending the U.S.
After World War I, the public called for the establishment of a special day to honor the sacrifices of veterans. Thus, on Nov. 11, 1919, Armistice Day was created. The name was later changed to Veterans Day.
There were many speakers who shared their stories during the ceremony. "It is an honor to be a veteran, because it means that we joined to serve and support our country, said Michael S. Napsey of VFW Post 8180, Seoul, Korea. "Without a doubt, I am proud of my time in the Army. For potential veterans, I would like to say that it is our honor to have your sacrifice and service, and our country will need more of you to help defend and fight for what's right."
Maj. Matthew Lee, 8th Army, said, "I served in Iraq and here, Korea. I really want to say to the future veteran, always remember the big picture and what you are serving for and those that have served before you. And don't forget to have fun."
The ceremony ended with the laying of wreaths and flowers onto the memorial.