Ceremony at National Guard armory honors veterans

Published: Nov. 11, 2017 at 5:10 PM AKST
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Hundreds of current and former service members gathered on JBER Saturday morning for the annual Veterans Day ceremony inside the National Guard Armory.

The Keynote address at the event was given by Col. Richard Koch, state command chaplain for the Alaska Army National Guard.

“Today, on Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada, we can assuredly vouch for the commitment of previous generations who cared enough to suit up and show up,” Koch said in his speech. “Military service and veterans’ service embodies a lot of sacrifice.”

The Governor’s Veterans Advocacy Award was given to Gordon J. Severson, a combat-wounded veteran with decades of service under his belt.

“It means a lot to see all of the dignitaries out here, all the generals and all the people recognizing veterans, it’s very heartwarming,” Severson told Channel 2 News. “I come every year and it just gets bigger and better.”

Click on the video above for more of the sights and sounds from this morning’s ceremony.