VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (NNS) – Captain Robert “Barr” Kimnach, commander of the Ventura County Naval Base (NBVC), and other personnel officers render appropriate tributes to service members at Alumni Day ceremonies fighters in Ventura County on November 11, 2021.
Separated from Memorial Day, which honors America’s dead, Veterans Day celebrates the living sons and daughters of the country who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution.
âHonoring our country’s veterans provides a perspective on the hardships,â said Kimnach, who spoke at the Ventura County Veterans Memorial. âSocial distancing measures during the pandemic have meant Americans missed birthdays, vacations, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, and social life in general. It gave America a glimpse of what our veterans have endured on a regular basis during their active service careers. This is one of the things that makes military service powerful, those who volunteer separate from loved ones for the sake of others.
Veterans Day has its origins in the celebration of Armistice Day in 1918 at the end of World War I at the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month. An act of Congress in 1954 changed the name to “Veterans Day,” with President Dwight D. Eisenhower calling on all American citizens to observe and remember the sacrifices of those who have served their country.
Captain Kirk Lagerquist, Chief of Staff, NBVC, delivered remarks at Knights of Columbus Council Number 750, Oxnard, California.
âToday and every day, the prayers of the American people accompany those who wear our country’s uniform,â Lagerquist said. âThey serve a great cause, and they follow a great tradition, which has been passed down to them by American veterans. Our veterans of all ages are the best citizens. We owe them the life we ââknow today. They command the respect of the American people and they have our undying gratitude. “
Speaking from historic Plaza Park in Oxnard, Master Chief Petty Officer Andre Brown, Command Master Chief, NBVC said veterans may differ based on gender, race, age, national origin or profession, but they share a common love for their country.
âThe title of ‘veteran’ must be earned,â said Brown. âIt is a title bestowed by a grateful nation on citizens whose shoulders were broad enough to carry the weight of our common defense. And it’s a title that speaks of love for the homeland, and a belief in America’s goodness and our strength.
The NBVC Color Guard supported a Veterans Day event at California State Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., While other members spoke at local schools and thirteen Sailors appeared at the Kelly Clarkson Veterans Day Show in Los Angeles.
NBVC is made up of three separate operational facilities: Point Mugu, Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island. NBVC supports and enables the fleet, fighter and family by providing effective and efficient preparation from shore and is home to the Pacific Coast Seabees, Westcoast Hawkeyes, 3 War Centers and the US Navy Ghost Fleet, unmanned air and sea vehicles. It is Ventura County’s largest employer and protects Southern California’s largest coastal wetlands through its award-winning environmental program.
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