CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea -- In the midst of an annual training exercises, the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division held a remembrance ceremony in honor of Veterans Day at the division museum at Camp Red Cloud, Korea, Nov. 12.
The division commander and command sergeant major, Maj. Gen. D. Scott McKean and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward M. Mitchell, 2ID/RUCD, presented a wreath in remembrance of Soldiers past and present and rendered honors to end the ceremony.
"What is it to be a veteran?" asked McKean during his speech to his Soldiers. "It is someone that has the courage to go out and serve a higher purpose... You are the best our country has to offer. No matter what service you have done, you volunteered. Think of the impact of all of those you have led. Think of the impact of all of those you have served. That is what this about. "
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the holiday into law in 1954, expanding the holiday from the Armistice Day holiday (a holiday remembering World War I veterans) to include honoring all veterans who served in the US military.
"This is a great day for us," said McKean. "We should be proud of what we have done for the last 242 years…We raised our right hand and swore an oath and we should be proud of that. I am proud of it and I'm proud of all of you."
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