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The color guard performs during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

The color guard performs during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. (T.D. Flack / S&S)

The color guard performs during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

The color guard performs during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. (T.D. Flack / S&S)

U.S. military veterans salute during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

U.S. military veterans salute during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. (T.D. Flack / S&S)

U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell salutes after placing a floral display on a monument during a Veterans Day ceremony on Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell salutes after placing a floral display on a monument during a Veterans Day ceremony on Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. (T.D. Flack / S&S)

The color guard performs during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea.

The color guard performs during a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday at Yongsan Garrison, South Korea. (T.D. Flack / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Community members gathered Saturday for a simple yet solemn ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.

The event, hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Pacific District III, began at 11 a.m. at the monument near the base of the overpass.

Grant Stombaugh, master of ceremonies, told the attendees that the day is meant to honor those who have served — or are serving — their country, including those who “fought, sacrificed and died.”

He also recognized those considered missing in action or prisoners of war, saying they must not be forgotten.

U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell, the guest speaker, said there are about 24 million veterans, those who have “placed country above self.”

He also thanked the Boy and Girl Scouts who attended Saturday’s event to hand out pamphlets and place a floral basket on the monument.

The nation is in good hands with “youngsters like you,” Bell said.

Also attending were Ken Schaefer, commander of the VFW, Pacific Area; John O’Connor of the Military Order of the Cooties; and Mike Stephens, commander of VFW Pacific District III.


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